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Wyandotte in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

America's First Bessemer Steel Mill

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, November 20, 2016
1. America's First Bessemer Steel Mill Marker
Inscription. Eber B. Ward, pioneer industrialist in many fields, built the Eureka Iron Works in Wyandotte in 1854. Here iron ore from Upper Michigan was smelted into iron in furnaces that were heated by charcoal made from wood cut in the surrounding forests. Here in 1864 the first steel ingots were made by the Bessemer Steel process, a method actually developed by the American, William Kelly, but named for Sir Henry Bessemer. The next year the first Bessemer steel rails were rolled at the Wyandotte mill. Once its value had been proven, Kelly's process was quickly adopted by other companies. Plagued by many difficulties, the Eureka Works was forced to cease operations in 1892.
 
Erected 1958 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S158.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 12.181′ N, 83° 8.859′ W. Marker is in Wyandotte, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Elm Street. Touch for map. Marker is in a parking lot next to the Detroit River. Marker is in this post office area: Wyandotte MI 48192, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wyandotte World War I Memorial (approx. mile
America's First Bessemer Steel Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, November 20, 2016
2. America's First Bessemer Steel Mill Marker
Detroit River in the background.
away); Wyandotte Vietnam Memorial (approx. mile away); Wyandotte Purple Heart Memorial (approx. mile away); Wyandotte World War II Memorial (approx. mile away); Marx Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Eberts House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Wyandot Indians (approx. half a mile away); Michigan Alkali Company (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wyandotte.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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