Eliza Furnace confusion

← Back to Forums


Benzo
Participant
#

So, the trail between the run and downtown is called the “Eliza Furnace Trail”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Rivers_Heritage_Trail

There is an “Eliza Furnace” on the ghost town trail. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Town_Trail#Eliza_Furnace
http://www.indianacountyparks.org/parks/eliza_furnace/default.aspx

Is the term “Eliza Furnace” a type of iron furnace or the title of a specific iron furnace?


jonawebb
Participant
#

It is also the name of the furnace near Braddock. I think they liked to name things after women. Look at the streets on the Southside.
From a story about the Eliza furnace in Pittsburgh, and another furnace named Ann: “When Ann was built in 1899, two existing furnaces on the site were each called Eliza, named after women in the families of steel barons Benjamin Franklin Jones and James Laughlin, the company’s founders. As a new furnace, Ann didn’t have a name. She was simply called P3, for Pittsburgh 3, a designation she would carry until 1966. After being rebuilt that year, she was christened Ann, in honor of a relative of one of the company executives.”


Greasypants
Member
#

I think the J&L furnaces were named after women in the Jones and/or Laughlin family. The Eliza furnace and associated buildings stretched up and down Second Avenue near the Hot Metal bridge, thus the name of the trail. Who knows who the other “Eliza furnace” was named after?


neilmd
Member
#

Barry?


Greasypants
Member
#

Sorry, I guess I should have added that I don’t know. That was a rhetorical question.

← Back to Forums

You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Click here to login.

Supported by