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Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Industrial Icons

Traditional Iron Ore-making Machinery Becomes Public Art

 

—Commemorating Western New York Steel Workers —

 
Industrial Icons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
1. Industrial Icons Marker
Inscription. This ladle, a vessel traditionally used to transport and pour molten iron, was acquired from the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Positioned here at the eastern end of Ship Canal Commons, it is located near where the Hanna Furnace Company once had one of its operating ladles. A rail wrench and iron ingots were discovered and salvaged during construction and have been installed near the base of the ladle.

Together, these historic objects stand testiment to the thousands of steel and iron workers employed in Western New York during the 20th century. They commemorate the men and women who dedicated their lives to this difficult and dangerous work that drove the American economy for decades.

Founded in 1899 by William Rogers and Frank & Charles Goodyear, the Buffalo and Susquehanna Iron Company was an industrial pig iron foundry intended to be a source of iron ingots for neighboring Bethlehem Steel and steel production throughout the northeast.

The founders sold the mill to the H.A. Hanna Company of Cleveland, Ohio, a large iron ore broker and shipper. Renamed the Hanna Furnace Company shortly after, the facility began to produce up tp 3,1000 tons of iron ignots daily and at its peak employed over 800 workers.

Pig iron is the intermediate product of steel; the result of smelting iron ore with
Eastward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
2. Eastward
Ladle & marker.
coke and limestone. The materials combine with intense heat inside a blast furnace to purify the iron ore. The liquid is drained out through the bottom of the furnace and is diverted into a long, runner with many shorter channels or ignots, where the iron cools and hardens. The name "pig iron" comes from the resemblance of the runner to a mother pig, and the ignots to suckling piglets.
 
Erected by Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Standing Committee, Wendt Foundation.
 
Location. 42° 50.162′ N, 78° 50.781′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Ship Canal Parkway and Tifft Street, on the left when traveling north on Ship Canal Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at the east end of the Union Ship canal. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14218, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ecological Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Ship Canal Commons (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hanna Furnace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Environmental Remediation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wind Power on the Waterfront (approx. 0.4 miles away); Railroads and the Steel Industry
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
3. Northward
The white car in the distance is in a small parking lot.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Westward - Ladle - Union Ship Canal image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
4. Westward - Ladle - Union Ship Canal
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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