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Valley Furnace RH Tuyere LH Tuyere Rear Tuyere
Valley Furnace RH Tuyere LH Tuyere Rear Tuyere

Description

Valley Furnace (Venango County) is a round furnace, similar to Presidents Furnace. It has three tuyeres in addition to the front area. The upper portion of the stack is gone. This is a very unusual construction compared to the typical pyramid shape usually associated with iron furnace stacks.

I found evidence of the mill race and the dam nearby, but was not able to identify any artifacts or slag.

First Visited: 3Q 2003

History

Start of Operation: 1848

Blowout: ?

Daily Tonnage: ?

Built By: Wellington, Lee and Porter

Stack:

Blast:

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The furnace must have been sold shortly after it's construction, as newspaper accounts from 1850 speak of E. Burrett Gray of Orleans Furnace (an alternate name) who was half partner of the firm of Raymond and Gray, owners of the furnace.

Directions

Take US322 North from Franklin and through Wyattville. Turn right onto PA 427. About a 1/4 mile the road will begin to curve to the right. The furnace is on the left hand side of the road and is clearly evident from the road.

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