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Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces

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Address: Scranton, PA
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Four huge furnaces used by the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company.

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Never seen anything like it before

The Iron Furnaces kind of grow out of the land. You can view from top looking down or from the bottom. It would be neat if you could walk around inside but it's probably a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Dawn M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The Iron Furnaces kind of grow out of the land. You can view from top looking down or from the bottom. It would be neat if you could walk around inside but it's probably a liability to let people do that. We saw lots of advertisements for a bonfire at the furnaces which looked like a lot of fun but... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Just outside the downtown area, this site is well worth taking a few minutes to see. This is a giant furnace used to make iron a long time ago and it's interesting to see the fortress like structure. Nearby is the water source which provides a very pretty backdrop to the whole place.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I have been to Scranton many times. This was the first time I went here. To see the massive structures used to make Iron back in the day, it's simply amazing. Coming from Bethlehem Steel town to see how it all got started is mine blowing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

When you first arrive, the furnaces are underwhelming. However, upon further exploration, there is more to them than meets the eye. They can be viewed from the top or at street level. The street level view is more interesting. There is great detail when peering into them. They are cave like and mysterious. If only you were able to walk... More 

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bronx ny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Free, well maintain and an awesome place to take pictures. I will go out of my way to see it. Lots of history. It would be great if they would make this place into an actual museum site with tours.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I went to the Iron Furnaces. I lived here all my life and finally went down to see for myself. Wow. Wow. The history that was created here is just part of the Nation's History of Rail Travel. We in Scranton were instrumental in Rail Travel across the country due to the Iron furnaces. Walk across the street to Steam... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

I am biases, but I love old iron furnaces. These are partially restored anthracite coal burning iron furnaces, dating back as far as the 1830's. They are not operational, but we were here for the yearly "Fire at the Furnace" iron pour, which has 2 working cupola furnaces this year, Those did work, and you could see how iron was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

I'll tell you up front that I am a metallurgist, so my review may be biased. These iron furnaces used to make steel for the locomotive shop right across the street. (It is now General Dynamics). The way steel and iron was made back then is fascinating. You must get a tour guide or you wont have any idea what... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

We stopped to eat at the Coney Island Texas Lunch on Cedar Street and saw these ruins. It was a short walk from the restaurant where there was plenty of free on and off street free parking. You can walk around the the old blast furnaces. Great for taking pictures. There are no guides and fact you won't see many... More 

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Kalispell, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

These furnaces have been preserved and surrounded by green space right in downtown Scranton. They are easily accessible and can be seen even if you are short on time. It is worth a quick stop as they are very interesting and the photogenic.

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