Scranton Iron Furnaces

The Scranton Iron Furnaces is a historic site that preserves the heritage of iron making in the U.S. State of Pennsylvania and is located in Scranton, near the Steamtown National Historic Site. It protects the remains of four stone blast furnaces which were built between 1848 and 1857. Iron production on the site was started by Scranton, Grant & Company in 1840. Later, the furnaces were operated by the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company. In 1847, iron rails for the Erie Railroad were made at the site. In 1865, Scranton, Grant & Company had the largest iron production capacity in the United States. In 1875, steel production started at the site. In 1880, the furnaces produced 125,000 tons of pig iron, one of the main uses of which was in the making of t-rails. The plant was closed in 1902, when production was shifted to Lackawanna, New York.[2]

Scranton Iron Furnaces
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Remains of the stone blast furnaces.
LocationScranton, Pennsylvania
Coordinates41°24′16″N 75°39′45″W / 41.40444°N 75.66250°W / 41.40444; -75.66250Coordinates: 41°24′16″N 75°39′45″W / 41.40444°N 75.66250°W / 41.40444; -75.66250
TypeIndustrial history
Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company Furnace
Location159 Cedar Ave.,
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Area3.8 acres
Architectural styleIron furnace
MPSIron and Steel Resources of Pennsylvania MPS
NRHP reference No.91001126[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 6, 1991

The site has been managed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission since 1971 and is part of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum complex. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, as the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company Furnace.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Daniel Perry and Diane Reed (March 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company Furnace" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-02.