Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Pine Grove Furnace. Photo is courtesy of the Pine Grove State Park

In the early years of the United States of America, stone furnaces were built for the smelting of metal to form it into different shapes. The stone furnaces were built near the sources of key ingredients like iron ore, limestone, and charcoal which was made from trees in hardwood forests. One of these furnaces was Pine Grove Furnace in the southern central region of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The Pine Grove Furnace was used to make iron, and the site was a bustling place. Iron ore was brought to the furnace where it was melted and formed, and then it was transported to different locations. Through the years, new technologies and safer furnaces were built making furnaces like these obsolete. In 1895, the fires in the Pine Grove Furnace stopped burning. The furnace was abandoned, and…

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