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Blacksmith Shop – Building 7

 
 
Blacksmith Shop – Building 7 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, December 30, 2015
1. Blacksmith Shop – Building 7 Marker
Inscription.  
A Blacksmith Shop has been a feature of the West Orange laboratory complex since it was built in 1887. The first shop was located in the back of Building 4. It moved to an unknown location in 1900 and burned down in 1911. The current Blacksmith Shop, built in 1911, was enlarged to its present size by 1919.

According to a former Edison assistant, the shop was used for forging any pattern of metal needed in the Laboratory Machine Shop, especially parts for repair of the machines themselves.

Activities in the shop stopped sometime between 1927 and 1931.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 40° 47.035′ N, 74° 13.998′ W. Marker is in West Orange, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located inside Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Orange NJ 07052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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of this marker. Pattern Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Edison Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Chemistry Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker); Metallurgical Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Courtyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Edison’s West Orange Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker); Making Movies (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Maria Replica (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Orange.
 
Also see . . .  Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey. Nation Park Service website. (Submitted on December 30, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Blacksmith Shop – Building 7 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, December 30, 2015
2. Blacksmith Shop – Building 7 Marker
The marker can be seen to the right of the doorway.
Building 7 at Edison's Laboratory image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, December 30, 2015
3. Building 7 at Edison's Laboratory
Inside the Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, December 30, 2015
4. Inside the Blacksmith Shop
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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