America's First Iron Puddling Furnace

America's First Iron Puddling Furnace (HM21L5)

Location: Smock, PA 15480 Fayette County
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N 39° 58.076', W 79° 45.011'

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In 1817 ironmaster Isaac Meason and Welshman, Thomas Lewis built a puddling furnace and bar rolling mill here using a process from Wales that revolutionized the iron industry. It removed carbon from brittle pig iron creating malleable wrought iron in one step, making iron production much more efficient and less costly. Later, "puddlers" in Pittsburgh formed the first metals union, the Sons of Vulcan, forerunner of the United Steelworkers.
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HM NumberHM21L5
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Year Placed2017
Placed ByPennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 606735 N 4424945
Decimal Degrees39.96793333, -79.75018333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 58.076', W 79° 45.011'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 58' 4.56" N, 79° 45' 0.66000000000017" W
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Area Code(s)724
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1569 Pittsburgh Rd, Smock PA 15480, US
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