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Catoctin Furnace, Maryland
Catoctin Furnace is located on the northern edge of Fredrick County near the city of Thurmont in Maryland. The furnace was constructed in 1774 by the brothers Thomas, Baker, Roger and James Johnson to produce pig iron from hematite mined in the local Catoctin mountains. The furnace operated until 1903 when it was shutdown due to it's inability to keep up with more modern furnaces, today it is a historical site. The furnace played an important roll in both the American Revolution, by providing bombshells to General Washington, and later in the American Civil War, by providing iron used to make ironclad ships like the USS Monitor. "The original fur Catoctin Furnace, located nearby on a little hunting creak, was in blast by 1776 and delivered 958 ten inch bombshells weighing over 31 tons to Washington's continental army in 1780. A great number wer used in the siege of Yorktown a year later." - Historic marker on site. Sources,_Maryland Signs on site Read more at the official website
Copyright: Erik Bjers
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10624x5312
Taken: 03/11/2019
Uploaded: 04/11/2019
Updated: 12/11/2019


Tags: history; historic; historic building; historical heritage; industrial; war; iron
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