Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, Scranton
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The Iron Furnaces kind of grow out of the land. You can view from top looking down or from the bottom. It would be neat if you could walk around inside but it's probably a liability to let people do t... read more »
Just outside the downtown area, this site is well worth taking a few minutes to see. This is a giant furnace used to make iron a long time ago and it's interesting to see the fortress like structure. ... read more »
I have been to Scranton many times. This was the first time I went here. To see the massive structures used to make Iron back in the day, it's simply amazing. Coming from Bethlehem Steel town to see h... read more »
A wonderful historic site to visit in Scranton, but perhaps the best things about the Iron Furnaces are the events they host throughout the year. Arts on Fire, Bonfire at the Furnaces, and the South Side Farmers Market are just a few of the gems that can be found at the Furnaces. It's a beautiful spot to get views of Roaring Brook, and the history of the place is something worth reflecting on.
Coming from out of state, this provided an informative, cheap (free) attraction to visit.
Local government seems dedicated to ruining this through development, but I love it for the sleepy oft-overlooked creekside park it is. It hosts occasional events throughout the year and a small Saturday farmers market in the summer.
The Scranton Iron Furnaces are one part of a museum complex telling the history of the area. The other two are the Anthracite Heritage Museum at McDade Park and the other is the Eckley Miners Village near Hazelton. None of the three are within walking distance and Eckley is located near Hazelton about 45 minute drive down I81 South. If your in a historical mood, it is easy to hit all three in the same day with about 1 to 1 1/2 hour driving time. Even if your not looking for an educational experience, this place still has something to offer. There is a wide green area along the Roaring Brook which is a great place to picnic or just relax. From their website: Located near the Steamtown National Historic Site, the Scranton Iron Furnaces represent the early iron industry in the United States. The four massive stone blast furnaces are the remnants of a once extensive plant operated by the Lackawanna Iron & Steel Company. Started in 1840 as Scranton, Grant & Company, the firm had the largest iron production capacity in the United States by 1865. By 1880 it poured 125,000 tons of pig iron, which was converted in its rolling mill and foundry into T-rails and other end products. In 1902, the company dismantled the plant and moved it to Lackawanna, New York to be closer to the high-grade iron ores coming out of the Mesabi Range.
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