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Fayetteville in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Workers Pyramid

 
 
The Workers Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 12, 2012
1. The Workers Pyramid Marker
Inscription. It took hundreds of workers to produce iron, although only a few actually worked at the furnace. Fillers dumped carts or ore, charcoal and limestone into the seething tunnel head. The founder, assisted by a keeper, ordered ingredients, determined the amount of air to be blasted into the furnace and decided when to draw off the iron, usually every 12 hours. Guttermen directed molted iron into the sandy, cast house floor. Some furnaces employed moulders to make castings for iron stoves and utensils.

Away from the furnace, woodchoppers harvested wood necessary for the colliers to make charcoal. Miner dug the iron ore and quarried limestone. Teamsters hauled wagons of wood, charcoal, iron ore and pig iron. A bookkeeper kept company accounts, and a host of laborers and their families completed the unskilled jobs that kept both furnace and nearby village operating.

Main illustration – 19th century furnace workers
 
Erected by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks.
 
Location. 39° 54.4′ N, 77° 28.667′ W. Marker is in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Pine Grove Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fayetteville PA 17222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

Insert - the workers pyramid image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 12, 2012
2. Insert - the workers pyramid
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Basic Ingredients (here, next to this marker); Making Iron (here, next to this marker); Caledonia Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Caledonia Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); The Good Roads Jubilee / The Lincoln Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Jemison (approx. 2.8 miles away); Chestnut Spring (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fayetteville.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Caledonia Furnace stone stack image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 12, 2012
3. The Caledonia Furnace stone stack
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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