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Horse Creek Furnace Furnace Sign RH Side of Furnace
Horsecreek Furnace Furnace Sign RH Side of Furnace
Front Opening RH Tuyere LH Side of Furnace
Front Opening RH Tuyere LH Side of Furnace

Description

Horse Creek Furnace is in good overall condition. The upper portion of the stack is missing and the top is covered with brush, but the basic structure remains sound. There is a single tuyere on the LH side, the inner cupola has been removed, and some inner stones have fallen.

First Visited: 3Q 2003

History

Start of Operation: 1836

Blowout: 1856

Daily Tonnage:

Built By: Sam Bell

Stack:

Blast: Cold

Type: Charcoal

Horsecreek Furnace was built by Sam Bell, who was the owner of Oil Creek Furnace. The two sites were managed by William Bell, Sam Bell's son, and William Davis. In 1843 Bell went bankrupt and was sold out by sheriff auction to Ed Evans, Senior in 1844. He operated the furnace until 1853. His sons ran the site for two years, and then Michael Henry operated the furnace for one year before it closed forever.

Directions

Take US62 East from Oil City for three miles. Turn left onto a road with a sign "Oakwood Rose Gardens". The road will go through a couple of "S" curves and then come to a private road that leads to the Oil City Boat Club. This is a VERY exclusive neighborhood - I really don't know how one could obtain permission in advance. I was fortunate to obtain permission from a member of this guarded community. If you are able to obtain access, follow the road until it dead ends at the tennis court. The furnace is in plain sight directly behind the court.

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