May 24, 2007

Marietta's forested ruins

"The Musselman - Vesta Furnace was built in 1868 by Henry Musselman and Henry Miller Watts, both from Marietta. It was the last of the eight anthracite-fired hot blast iron furnaces to be built on the river floodplain between Columbia and Marietta and the last complete blast furnace to be constructed in Lancaster County.
... The Lavino Company owned the furnace property until 1949, but production of iron ceased in the 1920's and the furnace was dismantled sometime between 1928 and 1934. The property was eventually acquired by Lancaster County as a part of Chickies Rock County Park." Continued.