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Near Youngstown in Mahoning County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pioneer Pavilion / Mill Creek Furnace

 
 
Pioneer Pavilion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
1. Pioneer Pavilion Marker
Inscription.
Side A
Pioneer Pavilion
Pioneer Pavilion, one of the oldest structures in Youngstown, is a rare surviving example of early nineteenth-century industry. James Heaton constructed this sandstone building in 1821 as a mill for carding and fulling wool. A millrace from Mill Creek and a waterwheel on the west side supplied the power. In the 1830s and 1840s, the woolen mill was converted to a storage facility for the nearby Mill Creek Furnace and later served as a cattle barn. In 1891, Youngstown attorney Volney Rogers purchased the property for Mill Creek Park, renovating the building in 1893 as a dining and dancing facility, and naming it Pioneer Pavilion. Generations of area residents spanning three centuries have celebrated social events in this historic landmark.

Side B
Mill Creek Furnace
Constructed in the late 1820s or early 1830s, the Mill Creek Furnace was the first blast furnace in Youngstown and the third in the Mahoning Valley built by members of the Heaton family, who were pioneer iron producers. They had built the Hopewell Furnace in Poland Township in 1803 and the Maria Furnace in Niles in 1813. Originally fueled by charcoal, the furnace, with its thirty-foot stack, produced approximately three to four tons of iron each day. In the 1840s, the
Mill Creek Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
2. Mill Creek Furnace Marker
Mill Creek Furnace was rebuilt to burn bituminous coal. The remains of several small coalmines may still be seen in the park. The Mill Creek Furnace, the last charcoal furnace constructed in the Mahoning Valley, went out of blast in the late 1840s or early 1850s.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Mill Creek Metroparks, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 5.009′ N, 80° 40.848′ W. Marker is near Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County. Marker can be reached from Old Furnace Road. Touch for map. Located at the Pioneer Pavilion in Mill Creek MetroPark. Marker is in this post office area: Youngstown OH 44511, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oscar D. Boggess Homestead / Boggess Quarry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Harry Burt and Good Humor / Ross Radio Company (approx. 1.9 miles away); Warner Brothers (approx. 1.9 miles away); The First Log School (approx. 2 miles away); Central Tower / Mahoning National Bank Building
Pioneer Pavilion and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
3. Pioneer Pavilion and Marker
Marker is behind shrubs to right of sidewalk
(approx. 2 miles away); Civil War Soldiers' Monument / Realty Building (approx. 2 miles away); Union National Bank Building / Central Square (1798-1899) (approx. 2 miles away); 1959-1975 The Vietnam War (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Youngstown.
 
Also see . . .  Pioneer Pavilion. Mill Creek MetroParks (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
Mill Creek Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
4. Mill Creek Furnace Marker
Marker is to the right of the photo
Pioneer Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
5. Pioneer Pavilion
Pioneer Pavilion Date Stone image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
6. Pioneer Pavilion Date Stone
Mill Creek Furnace Remains image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
7. Mill Creek Furnace Remains
<i>Pioneer Pavilion and Horseshoe Curve, Millcreek Park, Youngstown, Ohio</i> image. Click for full size.
By Youngstown News Agency, circa 1930
8. Pioneer Pavilion and Horseshoe Curve, Millcreek Park, Youngstown, Ohio
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   8. submitted on December 9, 2014.
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