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Helen Furnace

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1845. White Oak Dr. (PA 1004), 0.5 miles west of PA 1005 S

This rare, cold-blast iron furnace, which stands thirty-two feet tall in the shape of a truncated pyramid, has an excellent interior and reconstructed wooden scaffolding that illustrate the original method of loading. Called variously “Highland” and “Hieland” furnace, the name “Helen” has been in common usage the longest. Built by Robert Barber, it operated until 1857, and is now a historic site. Other stone furnaces survive in the county, but none are as accessible or as well maintained.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Helen Furnace", [Clarion, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 455-455.

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