An Undeniable Presence
Greenwood Furnace State Park
So, in 1904, when the last fire went out in furnace #2, an undeniable industrial presence disappeared from this valley. The forests that now surround you slowly reappeared, aided by seedlings grown at Greenwood Nursery, established here after the furnace closed.
(Inscription under the image in the lower left)
If you look carefully at this 19th century photo you will find Greenwood Furnace’s stack #2 nearly enclosed by wooden buildings.
(Inscription under the image in the upper right)
As this cutaway drawing shows, wooden buildings and machinery designed to fan the fire to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, always surrounded the flat-topped stone furnace. Commonly, only the stone stacks survive.
The owners of Greenwood built two furnaces. The oldest (the ruin in front of you on the left) roared to life in 1834. It rose 30 feet above a 30-foot square base and
Erected by Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks.
Location. 40° 39.108′ N, 77° 45.205′ W. Marker is in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, in Huntingdon County. Marker is on Broad Mountain Road. Touch for map. This marker is in Greenwood Furnace State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Huntingdon PA 16652, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Mineral To Metal (here, next to this marker); An Industry in Ruins (here, next to this marker); The “Best” Iron (here, next to this marker); Basic Ingredients (a few steps from this marker); The Worker’s Pyramid (a few steps from this marker); Greenwood Furnace (a few steps from 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. • Industry & Commerce •
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 139 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.