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Port Henry in Essex County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Busy Iron Port

 
 
A Busy Iron Port Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2017
1. A Busy Iron Port Marker
Inscription.

The aerial photograph of Port Henry taken about 1925 leaves no question as to the nature of this place: a busy port shipping the products of its furnaces by water and by rail. Two new furnaces, begun in 1922, represented the latest technology. An attached "sintering" plant processed fine ore powder so it would not be lost up the stack of the blast furnaces. The cantilever traveling crane made quick work of loading ore cars or barges with one of several grades of crushed ore, or sinter.

Hidden beneath the canopy of trees, to the right of the passenger station, lay the main office of Witherbee Sherman Mining Company and its adjoining carriage house. Built in 1875 just as the railroad came to town, the ornate new headquarters commanded the view you see before you, but one then filled with the smoke, heat and noise of heavy industry. The Town of Moriah took over the mining company building for offices in 1959, and the carriage house opened as the Iron Center in 1998.

[Photo captions, from left to right, read]
Witherbee Sherman Company furnaces, headquarters and docks courtesy of Town of Moriah.

The 1889 Bird's Eye View of Port Henry shows the company office building and the Iron Center backed by the embankment for Lake Champlain and Moriah Railroad tracks. Bird's Eye View detail courtesy of the Town Historian.

A Busy Iron Port Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 8, 2017
2. A Busy Iron Port Marker
At far left end of train depot
The "Offices and Laboratory," served as the assay office for analyzing the iron content of ore samples and product. Today, interpretive exhibits occupy the main floor with a scale model of mining operations in the former ice house. The Town of Moriah Historical Society uses it for meetings and office space. The Town Historian's Office and local history research space are upstairs. Sanborn Insurance Company Map courtesy of Essex County Historical Society.
 
Erected by Lakes to Locks Passage.
 
Location. 44° 2.536′ N, 73° 27.532′ W. Marker is in Port Henry, New York, in Essex County. Marker is on Park Place east of Main Street (New York State Route 9N/22), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the Amtrak Station, AKA the Moriah Senior Citizens Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Park Place, Port Henry NY 12974, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. LC&M Caboose (within shouting distance of this marker); Witherbee Park and Town Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Office Building of Witherbee and Sherman Iron Ore Company (about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Industrial Shoreline (about 500 feet away); Realizing a Dream: the Rolling Stock Display (about 500 feet away); Lake Champlain & Moriah Railroad: The "Elsie and Em" (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named A Busy Iron Port (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Henry.
 
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Also see . . .
1. The Iron Center Museum, Port Henry NY. (Submitted on October 18, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A walking tour of Port Henry: Mining capital of the Adirondacks. (Submitted on October 18, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Historic Port Henry-Moriah Official Website. (Submitted on October 18, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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