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Brainardsville in Franklin County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Catalan Forge

 
 
Catalan Forge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, June 29, 2012
1. Catalan Forge Marker
Inscription.  
On this site was built in 1874 the world's largest Catalan Forge
Abandoned in 1893.
 
Erected 1940 by State Education Department.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
 
Location. 44° 50.463′ N, 74° 2.118′ W. Marker is in Brainardsville, New York, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Blow Road (Route 374) and Bunker Hill Road, on the right when traveling south on Blow Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brainardsville NY 12915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nathan Beman (approx. 6.2 miles away); Tannery (approx. 6.2 miles away); First Foundry (approx. 6.2 miles away); Almanzo Wilder (approx. 9.1 miles away); Catalan Forge Furnace - 1881 (approx. 11 miles away).
 
More about this marker. If you're looking to go to this marker, avoid using road names, and just drive south on NY Rte. 374 until you see it. Bunker Hill Rd is the street sign, but on Google Maps, it's Cromp Rd. and 374 is Blow Rd. only for a few yards, according to Google.
 
Also see . . .  Precursors of the Blast Furnace. Davistown Museum entry includes the explanation for a Catalan forge (Submitted on July 9, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York.) 
 
Catalan Forge Marker facing west down Bunker Hill Rd. image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, June 29, 2012
2. Catalan Forge Marker facing west down Bunker Hill Rd.
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Catalan Forge Marker facing north on Blow Rd. image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, June 29, 2012
3. Catalan Forge Marker facing north on Blow Rd.
Catalan Forge Marker facing south on Blow Rd. image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, June 29, 2012
4. Catalan Forge Marker facing south on Blow Rd.
Catalan Forge image. Click for full size.
via Britannica, unknown
5. Catalan Forge
"A medieval Spanish forge that yielded malleable iron of excellent quality. A mixture of iron ore and charcoal was heated intensely for several hours in a forge, forming a spongy mass of iron permeated by slag. At the correct time, the glowing ball of iron was withdrawn from the forge and hammered while hot to expel the slag."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 8, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York.   5. submitted on January 30, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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