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Richland Furnace Front of Furnace Front of Furnace RH Side of Furnace
Richland Furnace Front of Furnace Front of Furnace RH Side of Furnace
LH Side & Tuyere Stack Front of Furnace RR Underpass
LH Side & Tuyere Stack Front of Furnace RR Underpass

Description

Richland Furnace is an interesting site due to its proximity to the railroad. While the original furnace enjoyed easy accessibility during operation, the site is now fairly difficult to reach without an ATV, good 4WD, or a mile hike.

The actual furnace has fallen in down the front, as evidenced by the photos. However, the inner firebrick still remains largely intact, and the side tuyere is in good shape.

Last Visited: 2Q - 2001

History

Start of Operation: 1854

Blowout:

Daily Tonnage:

Built By: Westfall, Stewart, & Others

Stack:

Blast: Hot

Type: Charcoal

Directions

Take Chillicothe Street west in Hambden. Follow the road, cross the RR tracks twice. Then follow the RR, the road will dead end at a RR overpass. Park, climb up and follow the tracks to your right to the first crossing. Go right again, fn will be on the right.

If you hike down the railroad to reach the furnace, you will pass through some interesting areas. There is a nice section where the builders had to blast through a rise, and a tunnel going through a large hill. The structure supporting the tunnel is quite interesting and worth the trip down the railroad tracks to see. It is entirely made from wood and is the only tunnel the author has ever seen to be made from this material.

GPS - N39 11.189 W82 35.792 @765 feet

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