Ironville in Essex County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Gray's Atlas of Essex County printed in 1876 recorded the improvements made in "Irondale” after the Crown Point Iron Company built a narrow gauge railroad to carry ore from the mines to its new foundry complex on Lake Champlain. Here the path from town to the bridge crossed the new rail line.
For nearly fifty years, a plank bridge supported by rock-cribbed piers had carried foot traffic and charcoal carts to homes and charcoal sheds on the far side of Putt's Creek. After 1888, when the Brooklyn Bridge opened with Crown Point iron in its suspension cables, the worker's hamlet across the pond was dubbed "Brooklyn” & the humble span, 'The Bridge to Brooklyn."
Ironville was a focal point of the Adirondack iron industry for over seventy years. As a by-product of its iron industry, Ironville became the site of the first industrial use of electricity and indirectly participated in the birth of the electric motor.
In 1974, the entire hamlet of Ironville earned the designation of Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Penfield Homestead Museum's properties include the Homestead,
(Marker Number 2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
Location. 43° 55.311′ N, 73° 32.185′ W. Marker is in Ironville, New York, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Creek Road (County Route 2) and Whitehead Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crown Point NY 12928, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Walking Tour (a few steps from this marker); Penfield Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sons of Temperance Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birthplace of the Electrical Age (within shouting distance of this marker); Ironville Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Penfield Homestead Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Penfield Homestead Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); 1873 Expansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ironville.
Also see . . . Irondale. (Submitted on April 24, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2022, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 19, 2022, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.