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Beckley Iron Furnace photos -- East Canaan CT

Some photos of Beckley Furnace in 2003

Here are a few views of the Beckley Furnace complex taken on July 5, 2003 -- the first day that the old plant offices were open to visitors -- and on July 25 of the same year.  Please click on any of the pictures to see it full-sized.

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Beckley Furnace from the front

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View from the bridge leading to the slag heaps

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Seen from across the Blackberry River

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Viewed from further upriver

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Restored hearth of the furnace

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Pipes to blow heated air into the furnace (see next photo for explanation)

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Everything you ever wanted to know about a Tuyere Arch

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A view up the stack!

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Turbine mechanism used to start the process of converting water power to heated air blown into the furnace

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The dam -- great water volume in these pictures due to our wet spring and recent rainfall

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Some kids who were visiting Beckley that day.

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View from the top of the dam

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Previous family group, seen from the top of the dam

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In the office: an actual Tuyere tip -- used to blow hot air into the furnace (pigs of iron in front)

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In the office:  doorway detail.  Not elaborate, but nice for the paymaster's office of a blast furnace!

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In the office:  the original Paymaster's window

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Current exhibit -- Iron industry art by Walter Michaels

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Current exhibit:  Charcoal burning

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Current exhibit:  water wheel driving blower (preceded turbine)

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A "Salamander" -- formed when the molten iron solidifies INSIDE the furnace.  In this business, a salamander is a REAL problem!

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Cutaway view of a slag heap across the Blackberry River

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Some "Beckley slag"

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Abandoned machinery near the slag heap

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More abandoned machinery

Friends of Beckley Furnace, Inc. to go to the Friends of Beckley Furnace website

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Between the Lakes Group is located at 372 Between the Lakes Road, in Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut.  More specifically, we're in Taconic -- a hamlet  in the Twin Lakes area of the Town of Salisbury.  Questions about us or about our products?  Go to our Frequently Asked Questions page.  

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