Ironville in Essex County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
During the dramatic expansion of 1873, the Crown Point Iron Company built several new buildings below the upper dam. This bend in the creek contains the foundations of a carpentry shop, a furnace (or foundry) building, and a sawmill. These structures supported the iron business for only another 20 years. Depletion of the surrounding forests combined with competition from Minnesota's Mesabi Range and a nation-wide depression led to the demise of the iron industry in Crown Point in 1892.
Once the hills here resounded to crashing trip hammers, screaming sawmills and the whistles of engines. Now only the splash of the stream is the same.
Crown Point Iron Company Works Photo by Seneca Ray Stoddard, 1874 Penfield Homestead Museum Collection
(Marker Number 10.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
Location. 43° 55.307′ N, 73° 32.112′ W. Marker is in Ironville, New York, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 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. The Forge (within shouting distance of this marker); Penfield Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); Scale House (within shouting distance of this marker); Charcoal (within shouting distance of this marker); Penfield Homestead Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dressed Ore (about 300 feet away); Historic Walking Tour (about 300 feet away); Irondale (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ironville.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2022, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2022, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.