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America's First Iron Puddling Furnace

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, September 10, 2017
1. America's First Iron Puddling Furnace Marker
Inscription. In 1817 ironmaster Isaac Meason and Welshman, Thomas Lewis built a puddling furnace and bar rolling mill here using a process from Wales that revolutionized the iron industry. It removed carbon from brittle pig iron creating malleable wrought iron in one step, making iron production much more efficient and less costly. Later, "puddlers" in Pittsburgh formed the first metals union, the Sons of Vulcan, forerunner of the United Steelworkers.
 
Erected 2017 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 58.076′ N, 79° 45.011′ W. Marker is in Smock, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Pittsburgh Road (Pennsylvania Route 51) and Laurel Hill Road, on the right when traveling north on Pittsburgh Road. Touch for map. Located at Uniontown Kawasaki, the marker was dedicated on September 10, 2017. Marker is in this post office area: Smock PA 15480, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Searight’s Tollhouse (approx. 2.7 miles away); Toll House (approx. 2.7 miles away); George C. Marshall (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named
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By Mike Wintermantel, September 10, 2017
2. America's First Iron Puddling Furnace Marker
George C. Marshall (approx. 4.8 miles away); Fayette County (approx. 4.8 miles away); Old West School House (approx. 4.8 miles away); James Finley (approx. 5 miles away); National Road (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Isaac Meason at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on September 10, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLabor Unions
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, September 10, 2017
3. America's First Iron Puddling Furnace
Color diagram of the furnace
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By Mike Wintermantel, September 10, 2017
4. America's First Iron Puddling Furnace Marker
Being unveiled by:
Christine Buckelew-President, Fayette County Historical Society
Norman L. Samways, Ph.D., Historian
Kenneth Turner, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
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By Mike Wintermantel, September 10, 2017
5. America's First Iron Puddling Furnace Marker
L to R: Christine Buckelew-President, Fayette County Historical Society
Norman L. Samways, Ph.D., Historian
Kenneth Turner, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 10, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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