Lock Ridge Furnance Complex

Also known as: Lock Ridge Furnace Museum
525 Franklin Street., Alburtis

Partially restored ruins of the Lock Ridge furnaces, now a park and museum.

Photos 

Restored #7 Casting House; #7 stack in background.

Photo taken by Chester Gehman 08/07/1982

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Description 

Two furnace stacks of the Thomas Iron Co., numbered #7 and #8 following stacks 1-6 at the Hokendauqua plant. #7 was put in blast in 1868; #8 in 1869. Out of blast for the last time in 1921, the site was sold for scrap value, and most of the iron and wood were removed. In 1970 it was sold to Lehigh County as an historical site. The restoration, completed in 1976, is not necessarily historically authentic.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 11, 1981
Reference number
81000547
Architectural style
Victorian: Gothic
Area of significance
Industry
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Current functions
Museum; Park
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1868
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing structures: 5

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2015: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • June 29, 2015: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added overview and description

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