Alburtis in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lock Ridge Furnace
Each of the long molds was separated into shorter sections by a brick, which became embedded in the molten iron. When the iron cooled, workers could use a crowbar to crack the iron at each brick-creating relatively light pieces of iron, known as “pigs.” The men loaded the iron pigs onto the donkey engines, which carried them to the main rail line for shipment on the Massasoit. From Lock Ridge, the iron traveled to factories where it was melted, reworked, and turned into finished metal products.
“Nobody forced me to do this. I do it because I would rather live in an Iron Age than live in a world of ox-carts.”
(Inscription under the sketch in the lower right)
This sketch depicts a typical nineteenth-century casting room. The use of a mule on the right side of the room indicates that the scene was not at Lock Ridge.
(Collection of the Lehigh County Historical Society)
Erected by William B. Butz Memorial Fund.
Location. 40° 30.547′ N, 75° 35.605′ W. Marker is in Alburtis, Pennsylvania, in Lehigh County. Marker is on Church Street. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of Lock Ridge Furnace Museum-Lehigh County Parks. Marker is in this post office area: Alburtis PA 18011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock Ridge Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Servicing the Furnace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Production to Preservation (about 500 feet away); Lock Ridge Iron Furnace (approx. ¼ mile away); The Velodrome Story (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hereford Furnace (approx. 4.6 miles away); Jasper Park Indian (approx. 4.9 miles away); Indian Jasper Quarries (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alburtis.
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