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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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wish you could go inside

very interesting piece of local history. its a very hidden attraction iin the middle of the city and could easily be missed if you didn't know about it in advance. I wish you were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
pchack
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Deer Park, New York
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Deer Park, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

very interesting piece of local history. its a very hidden attraction iin the middle of the city and could easily be missed if you didn't know about it in advance. I wish you were allowed access to the inside of the furnace, maybe guided tours.

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This is one of those local spots that gets way too little attention. While well maintained, the sight could be enhanced with some modern interaction displays

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Thank Alyssa B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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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new jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
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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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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GRAND RAPIDS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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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Thank DANIEL P
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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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