The Carrie Furnaces

April 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I wanted to share some photographs from my recent visit (April 5, 2014) to the Carrie Furnaces, located in Rankin, PA.  But first, here is a little information about the Carrie Furnaces provided by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area:

Carrie furnace is an abandoned former blast furnace located along the Monongahela River in Rankin, PA, just east of Pittsburgh. The complex was part of the much larger Homestead Steel works. 

·         Carrie Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark

·         The first Carrie Furnace began operation in 1884

·         Andrew Carnegie purchased the Carrie Furnace in 1898 from the original owners, the Fownes Brothers.

·         Molten iron was transferred via torpedo cars to the Homestead Works, across the river, to be made into steel.

·         The last two furnaces, Furnaces 6 & 7 were built in 1906 and ran continuously, 24 hrs/day, seven days/week, 365 days /year until 1978 when they were puleed off line  and decommissioned.

·         Each furnace could produce up to 1,250 tons of iron per day.

·         Furnaces reached internal temperatures of 2,750 degrees F

·         During WWII, peak employment at the Homestead Works was 15,000 workers. Carrie Furnaces employed about 4,000 workers.

·         By the end of WWII, the Carrie Furnaces were producing over 2 million tons of iron per year.

·         In 2006, the Carrie Furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark.

More information about the Carrie Furnaces and the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area can be found here:  http://www.riversofsteel.com/preservation/heritage-sites/carrie-furnaces/

You can view additional images from the Carrie Furnaces under the "Industrial Images" photo category. 

 


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