Scranton, PA 18504   ~  570-963-3208



 

 

 

SCRANTON IRON FURNACES

Located near the Steamtown National Historic Site, the Scranton Iron Furnaces represent the early iron industry in the United States.  The four massive stone blast furnaces are the remnants of a once extensive plant operated by the Lackawanna Iron & Steel Company.  Started in 1840 as Scranton, Grant & Company, the firm had the largest iron production capacity in the United States by 1865.  By 1880 it poured 125,000 tons of pig iron, which was converted in its rolling mill and foundry into T-rails and other end products.  In 1902, the company dismantled the plant and moved it to Lackawanna, New York to be closer to the high-grade iron ores coming out of the Mesabi Range.

The Scranton Iron Furnaces, situated in a historic park setting, are open to visitors year round from dawn to dusk.  In the summer months facilities are available for picnics.

Accessible by car or a Historic Trolley ride, the Visitor Center, which is open on a seasonal basis April through October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., contains exhibits on iron and steel making, a small gift shop and offers an interpretive tour. Call ahead (570-963.4804) for the days and hours of operation.




 

The Iron Furnaces can also be reached on a trolley via a tour from the 
Electric City Trolley Museum on a seasonal basis.






Historic Photos of the Iron Furnaces


Lackawanna Iron & Steel Company's Blast Furnaces at Scranton, 1892.
Photo courtesy of the Lackawanna Historical Society.



Workers on the casting house floor at the Lackawanna Iron &
 Steel Company's Blast Furnaces, c. 1895.

Photo courtesy of the Lackawanna Historical Society.



Aerial photo of the Iron Furnaces taken in 1986.




Browse through our Iron Furnaces Gift Shop.

The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and 
Iron Furnaces, administered by Chester Kulesa, Site Administrator,
 are two of three sites that make up the Anthracite Museum Complex, 
which also includes 
Eckley Miner's Village.

The Museum and Iron Furnaces are owned and operated by the 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Historical and Museum 
Commission, Harrisburg, PA.
 

Tom Corbett, Governor
Andrew E. Masich, Chairman
James M. Vaughan, Executive Director

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