This is a furnace I came across today while working. I noticed a road called Eagle Furnace Road and decided that this would be a good place to check out really quick. The furnace isn't far from the road but it is a little tricky finding it. Eagle Furnace sits on a hill above Canoe Creek. The furnace itself looks like it could collapse over the hill and I'm sure it's going to sooner or later. The huge stone supports above the arches, that hold up the furnace, are all cracked or broken.
Eagle Furnace was constructed in 1846 by Curll, Kribbs and Company. According to "A Guide To The Old Stone Blast Furnaces Of Western Pennsylvania", It was a cold blast charcoal furnace with one tuyere and an 8 foot bosh. 1n 1850 Kribbs and Reynolds are listed as owning the furnace. It went out of blast in 1858 and has been sitting all alone on the hillside ever since. In 1849 the furnace produced 850 tons of iron. It's original height was 32 feet, I didn't measure it but it seemed considerably shorter than that today. I guess after 158 years of sitting on the side of a hill we're lucky to have anything. This furnace has 2 arches, both are partially collapsed.
My photos are not very detailed. They were taken with a cell phone.
Approaching Eagle Furnace.
Looking at the southwest corner of the furnace.