America's First Bessemer Steel Mill Historical

America's First Bessemer Steel Mill Historical (HM1VWG)

Location: Wyandotte, MI 48192 Wayne County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 12.181', W 83° 8.859'

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Eber B. Ward, pioneer industrialist in many fields, built the Eureka Iron Works in Wyandotte in 1854. Here iron ore from Upper Michigan was smelted into iron in furnaces that were heated by charcoal made from wood cut in the surrounding forests. Here in 1864 the first steel ingots were made by the Bessemer Steel process, a method actually developed by the American, William Kelly, but named for Sir Henry Bessemer. The next year the first Bessemer steel rails were rolled at the Wyandotte mill. Once its value had been proven, Kelly's process was quickly adopted by other companies. Plagued by many difficulties, the Eureka Works was forced to cease operations in 1892.
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Date Added Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 322699 N 4674550
Decimal Degrees42.20301667, -83.14765000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 12.181', W 83° 8.859'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 12' 10.86" N, 83° 8' 51.54" W
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Area Code(s)734
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 45 Elm St, Wyandotte MI 48192, US
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