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Franconia in Grafton County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Stone Iron Furnace

 
 
Stone Iron Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, September 25, 2014
1. Stone Iron Furnace Marker
Inscription.
Due west stands New Hampshire's sole-surviving example of a post-Revolutionary furnace for smelting local iron ore. The industry flourished during first half of 19th century. It produced pig and bar iron for farm tools and cast iron ware, including famous "Franconia Stoves".
 
Erected by New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. (Marker Number 009.)
 
Location. 44° 13.808′ N, 71° 45.268′ W. Marker is in Franconia, New Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker is on Main Street (New Hampshire Route 116) 0.1 miles south of Sugar Hill Road (New Hampshire Route 117), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located across the street from the Lafayette Regional School. Marker is in this post office area: Franconia NH 03580, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Ski School in America (approx. 0.8 miles away); Willowdale Settlement (approx. 4.4 miles away); Kilburn Brothers (approx. 5.1 miles away); Old Coal Kiln (approx. 5.2 miles away); Pierce Bridge (approx. 6.8 miles away); Alderbrook
Stone Iron Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, September 25, 2014
2. Stone Iron Furnace Marker
(approx. 7.2 miles away); Eastern Brook Trout (approx. 9.9 miles away); Franconia Notch State Park (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franconia.
 
More about this marker. The furnace itself, on private property across the Gale River, can be seen from the Interpretive Center. It is the only such furnace still standing in NH.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Stone Iron Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, September 25, 2014
3. Stone Iron Furnace
As seen from Iron Furnace Interpretive Center parking lot
Stone Iron Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, September 25, 2014
4. Stone Iron Furnace
across the Gale River
Iron Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, September 25, 2014
5. Iron Bridge
Marker reads:
The Berlin Iron Bridge Co.
East Berlin Conn.
H.W. Priest
W.M.H. Brooks
Ira Whipple
Selectmen
1889

Interpretive panel reads:
Iron Bridge
This wrought iron bridge is a rare surviving example of the pin-connected lenticular truss design used for iron bridges from 1880 to 1890. The Dow Bridge, a mile southeast of here on Main Street, is of the same rare design. It has been restored for modern use.
This bridge spanned the Ham Branch at the end of Delage Farm Road in Franconia from 1889 to 2001. It was built by the Berlin Bridge Company (Connecticut) to carry horse-drawn wagons over a narrow river to serve the Delage Farm.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 14, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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