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.
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
Iron Furnaces can also be reached on a trolley via a tour from the