Coatesville in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Brandywine Iron Works - Early 1800s
The Lukens National Historic District
Issac Pennock, properly considered the founder of the business which became the Lukens Steel Company, began his career in the manufacture of iron in the early 1790s when he erected a mill at a place called Rokeby on the Buck Run in Chester County, about four miles south of Coatesville. This operation, called the Federal Slitting Mill, produced blacksmith iron, barrel staves, and miscellaneous iron products.
In 1816 Dr. Charles Lukens, the son-in-law of Isaac Pennock, came into the business of iron making. Dr. Luken is remembered for having rolled the first boiler plate in America, documented in 1818, thus setting the company's ire, the re-heated over an ordinary grate fire and rolled into plates or sheets. The plate rolls were about 16" to 18" in diameter and from 3' to 4' long, driven by an overshot water wheel. As the increase in demand for Lukens plate required greater power, the overshot water wheel was replaced by a breast wheel and a flywheel was also introduced. This the led to larger rolls of 21" in diameter and 66" in length.
Erected by Graystone Society.
Location. 39° 58.829′ N, 75° 49.316′ W. Marker is in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from the Touch for map.
This marker is 131 feet from South 1st Avenue if traveling southeast along the road, the marker being on the right or west side. Brandywine Mansion is exactly 100 feet due east of this position. Marker is at or near this postal address: 76 South First Street, Coatesville PA 19320, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Terracina (within shouting distance of this marker); Brandywine Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Brandywine Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lukens Mill - Late 1800s (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Lukens Huston House Site (about 300 feet away); The Lukens Mill - Early 1900s (about 400 feet away); Charles Lukens Huston House (about 400 feet away); Graystone - Abram Francis Huston House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coatesville.
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There are also two pictures of the old mill on the left side of the interpretive, a view from the east side and a second view from the west side, both black and white photos, The lower right side features an 1820 map of the site.
Also see . . .
1. Pennsylvania Center for the Book (Submitted on June 14, 2013, by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.)
2. ArcelorMittal Steel website. (Submitted on June 14, 2013, by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2013, by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2013, by Eric Milask of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.