Near Marietta in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Musselman / Vesta Furnace
The Musselman/Vesta Furnace was built in 1868 by Henry Musselman and H. M. Watts from Marietta. It was the last of eight anthracite-fired iron furnaces built on Susquehanna floodplain between Columbia and Marietta. Located adjacent to canal and rail lines which brought coal from northeastern Pennsylvania, Musselman's furnace produced pig iron, which was sent to local rolling mills to make railroad rails.
Over the years the furnace experienced a series of ownerships and remodelings. By 1886, under the ownership of Watts, Twells & Company and known as the Vesta Furnace, it was producing 22,500 tons of pig iron annually under the brand name "Vesta".
In 1917 the furnace was bought by E. J. Lavino, who put it into operation smelting scrap and producing ferromanganese, used for high grade steel during World War I. Ten carloads of scrap iron and manganese ore fed into the furnace each day produced a daily output of 80 tons of ferromanganese.
The furnace ceased operations in the 1920s and was dismantled shortly thereafter. The furnace office building (under restoration) still stands, as does a workers tenement house
Erected by Rivertownes PA USA.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, World I.
Location. 40° 3.525′ N, 76° 32.098′ W. Marker is near Marietta, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of Robert K Mowrer Drive and Furnace Road, on the right when traveling south on Robert K Mowrer Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Donegal Place, Marietta PA 17547, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frick Stationary Steam Engine (here, next to this marker); Musselman / Vesta Iron Furnace Office Building (a few steps from this marker); Watts Railroad Station (a few steps from this marker); Donegal Place (a few steps from this marker); Concrete Railroad Piers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pennsylvania Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Skip Hoist / Oil Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Hot-Blast Stove Bases (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.