Anthracite Furnace

Anthracite Furnace (HMFTC)

Location: Elverson, PA 19520 Berks County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 12.341', W 75° 46.489'

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A new ironmaking method

In 1853, the Hopewell partners built a hot-blast anthracite furnace here. This new furnace did not burn charcoal but used anthracite coal to smelt iron — an attempt to reduce fuel costs and increase iron production.

Hopewell's anthracite furnace operated for less than four years. By 1857, furnace machinery had been removed and was installed on a new furnace on the Schuylkill Canal. This suggests that the cost of hauling coal made the furnace operation uneconomical.

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There are no historical photographs of Hopewell's anthracite furnace. However, this 1848 hot-blast anthracite furnace in Boonton, New Jersey is similar to the one that once stood here.
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 11:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 434060 N 4450874
Decimal Degrees40.20568333, -75.77481667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.341', W 75° 46.489'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 20.46" N, 75° 46' 29.34" W
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Area Code(s)610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Clement Brook Ln, Elverson PA 19520, US
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