The Worker’s Pyramid
Greenwood Furnace State Park
Away from the furnace, woodchoppers harvested wood necessary for the colliers to make charcoal. Miners dug iron ore, and quarried limestone. Teamsters hauled wagons of wood, charcoal, iron ore and pig iron. A bookkeeper kept company accounts, and a host of laborers and their families completed the unskilled jobs that kept both furnace and nearby village operating.
(Inscription next to the portrait in the upper right)
An ironmaster, like Col. John A. Wright, owner of Greenwood Furnace (shown here), sat atop a pyramid of labor that reflected the skill, income and social standing of a furnace’s sizeable work force; Greenwood employed over 250.
Erected by Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks.
Location. 40° 39.116′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Basic Ingredients (here, next to this marker); From Mineral To Metal (a few steps from this marker); An Undeniable Presence (a few steps from this marker); An Industry in Ruins (a few steps from this marker); The “Best” Iron (a few steps from this marker); Greenwood Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith & Wagon Shop (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northern Water Snakes (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntingdon.
Categories. • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.