The Lukens Mill - Early 1900s
The Lukens National Historic District
In 1903 another rolling mill was put into operation, larger than any of its predecessors at that time, with rolls 140" long, making the widest plates of any mill in the country. It also had four furnaces and the capability of shearing plates 2' thick. In 1904 the 134" mill was reduced to the 112" mill with rolls 36" in diameter. It could then roll plates 108" wide. About 1904-1905, Lukens added four more 50-ton furnaces to Open Hearth #2 for a total of 16.
In 1916 Lukens built its 204" rolling mill and then enlarged it to 206" in 1918, giving Lukens the distinction for many years of having the world's largest plate mill. It is a four-high rolling mill, with two working rolls 34" in diameter that directly contact the plate. Reinforcing those are two back-up rolls 50" in diameter. This mill has eight gas-fired furnaces keeping the plates hot during rolling. It is still in operation today.
In 1918 Open Hearth Shop #3 was built,
Location. 39° 58.86′ N, 75° 49.382′ W. Marker is in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from S. 1st Street 0.1 miles south of Harmony Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coatesville PA 19320, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lukens Mill - Late 1800s (within shouting distance of this marker); The Modern Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Lukens Huston House (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Lukens Huston House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Terracina (within shouting distance of this marker); Brandywine Iron Works - Early 1800s (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brandywine Mansion (about 400 feet away); Lukens Executive Office Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coatesville.
Regarding The Lukens Mill - Early 1900s. There are a series of these markers scattered throughout this small historic district, especially in front of all the contributing structures, including this one. A tour of this company/historic district will demonstrate what an early 20th century
Also see . . .
1. NRHP nomination form for the Lukens Historic District. This is the official document submitted to the NPS for NRHP consideration complete with narratives and anecdotes for the history and all contributing structures to the historic district. (Submitted on December 19, 2011, by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.)
2. Lukens Historic District - Official Site (locally maintained). Self-promoting website to engage and educate visitors and promote tourism. (Submitted on December 19, 2011, by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2011, by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 371 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 19, 2011, by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.