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Description


A stone stack built in a circle, similar to several furnace designs in Western Pennsylvania, such as Valley Furnace.

The furnace appears to have been restored in modern times; the interior of the stack is supported by a steel cylinder and the stonework is held in place by mortar.

The furnace has two tuyeres, the blast entry facing the river. The bellows system was probably located where the road currently lies. The main tapping tuyere is smaller than typically seen and constructed with a rounded arch.

The wagon trail remains on the hillside above the furnace, but I was not able to identify slag samples or other structures.

First Visited: 1Q-2007

History

Start of Operation: 1790's

Blowout: 1840

Daily Tonnage: ?

Built By: Grant & Company

Stack: ?

Blast: Cold

Type: Charcoal

Peter Tarr Furnace was built in the 1790's by a man named Grant. The furnace was not successful and was deeded to Peter Tarr in 1801 by James Campbell.

The furnace was operated until 1840 by Connell, Tarr & Co.

Directions

Located King's Creek Road by King's Creek, just north of Weirton, WV. Take RT2 north to Kings Creek Road, turn east, and then proceed 1.4 miles. Furnace is on the left and sits just off the road.

GPS - N40 26.243 W80 34.355 @734 feet

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