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Industrial Archaeology in the Blacklog Narrows: A Story of the Juniata Valley Iron Industry: Biways to the Past
Scott D. Heberling (au)
The small community of Orbisonia, located in the mountains of SE Huntingdon County, PA, was once an important industrial center at a time when the Juniata River Valley was world famous for its iron products. Bedford Furnace, one of the first ironworks west of the Susquehanna River, was built there at the end of the 18th cent. A little later two charcoal-fueled blast furnaces and a stone mill operated along Blacklog Creek in the “Blacklog Narrows”. Still later a larger coke-fueled iron furnace complex was built. All are now long-abandoned. The results of extensive archaeological excavations from 1997 to 2003 are presented here, shedding light on an extinct industry that played a crucial role in the early development of central PA. Illustrations.
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