Monday, August 13, 2007
A little background about Carrie Furnace,
From Wikipedia - Carrie Furnace is a derelict structure which exists across the Monongahela river from Munhall and Homestead, Pa. It had formed a part of the Homestead Steel Works. The Carrie Furnaces were built in 1908 and they operated until 1978. All that is left of the site are furnaces #6 and #7, along with the hot metal bridge.
From Rivers of Steel - Built in 1907, the furnaces produced iron for the Homestead Works from 1907 to 1978. During the 1920s, 1930s,and 1940s, Carrie 6 and 7 consumed approximately four tons of raw materials comprised of iron ore, coke, and limestone for every ton of iron produced. The cooling system for the blast furnace required over five million gallons of water a day. These furnaces reached their peak production in the 1950s and 1960s when they were producing 1000 -1250 tons of iron a day.
A couple of clips from my day trip there. I wish I could include the smell. More to come, once I have sorted through all of the images.