Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Cooper & Hewitt .. Iron & Steel
In 1844-45, Peter Cooper set up his first ironworks in Trenton on the banks of the Delaware River at the foot of South Warren Street. Cooper was assisted by his son, Edward and son-in-law, Abram S. Hewitt in this endeavor which represented the first building block in the Cooper & Hewitt industrial empire. By 1854, the South Warren Street ironworks was producing 35,000 tons of finished iron annually, but capacity expanded enormously over the next century. Under a
Just across town, alongside the Delaware and Raritan Canal and Camden and Amboy Rail Line, the Trenton Iron Company and their agents, the Cooper & Hewitt partnership, began in 1849-50 to construct a second ironworks site. This plant was developed more specifically as a wire mill that could supply, among other clients, the growing needs of the neighboring wire rope manufacturing and engineering business of John A. Roebling. By 1853, the factory was advertising their production of telegraph wire, bridge wire, wire fencing, rivets and spikes, all made from Andover ore. The Trenton Iron Company continued production at this wire mill until 1904 when its operations were acquired by U.S. Steel.
Links to learn more – Ringwood Manor, Ringwood State Park; Invention Factory, Trenton
Location. 40° 11.914′ N, 74° 45.507′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 29. Touch for map. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canals and Railroads – Arteries to the Heart of Industrial Trenton (here, next to this marker); Roebling Wire Rope and American Bridges (here, next to this marker); From Teacups to Toilets (here, next to this marker); 19th Century Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); 20th Century (and later) Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); Trentons Early Houses of Worship (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery – An “Odious and Disgraceful” Practice (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battles of Trenton, Turning Point of the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
More about this marker. This is one of four subject markers under the 19th Century Arch.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,052 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.