Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, Scranton

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Scranton Iron Furnaces is a historic site that preserves the heritage of iron making in the U.S. State of Pennsylvania and is located in Scranton, near the Steamtown National Historic Site. It protects the remains of four stone blast furnaces which were built between 1848 and 1857. Iron production on the site was started by Scranton, Grant & Company in 1840. Later, the furnaces were operated by the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company. In 1847, iron rails for the Erie Railroad were made at the site. In 1865, Scranton, Grant & Company had the largest iron production capacity in the United States. In 1875, steel production started at the site. In 1880, the furnaces produced 125,000 tons of pig iron, one of the main uses of which was in the making of t-rails. The plant was closed in 1902, when production was shifted to Lackawanna, New York.
The site has been managed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission since 1971 and is part of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum complex. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, as the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company Furnace.
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  • My wife and I were passing through Scranton on our way to the Finger Lakes. We found this spot to be a great place for a picnic lunch. The pictures caught my eye and the venue did not disappoint...  more »
  • It's a great place to go and let your imagination run wild. I just wish it was more educational so my kids could understand and appreciate more of what they did there.
  • Very interesting site to visit. Self-guided walking area with plaques describing the history of the furnaces. Our whole family was awed by the scale of the furnaces, its definitely worth checking out and could be done in as little as 10 minutes if you skip the reading and just check out the furnaces.

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