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Richard Wall

Lock Ridge Iron Furnace

Alburtis, Pennsylvania, USA

September 19, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Caption

The first iron furnace at the site was built in 1868 by the Lock Ridge Iron Company.The iron industry in the Lehigh Valley was then flourishing, and the Lock Ridge furnaces were typical of the time. They used a hot blast to burn anthracite fuel.

However, by the early 20th century, the furnaces were, despite sporadic improvements, technologically out-of-date,and were reputedly the last anthracite iron furnaces to operate in the United States. President B.F. Fackenthal, of Thomas Iron, recommended they be decommissioned upon his resignation in 1913.

However, Fackenthal's successor, Ralph Sweetser, pursued the opposite course. Concurrently, anthracite was replaced by coke as a fuel for the furnaces. However, modernization was not enough to save the Lock Ridge furnaces, and iron was last made there in 1921.

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Location

USA-Canada / USA-Pennsylvania

Lat: 40° 30' 31.52" N
Long: 75° 35' 38.77" W

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

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Equipment

Nikon D5100 + 10.5mm Nikon lens using Nodal Ninja 3 - HDR panorama created entirely using the new PTGUI 10.0.6 version software. No other editing software or image manipulation software used.Very impressive considering limited ghosting of leaves as it was a windy day.

Behind the scene : how this panorama was made

Straight out of camera 24 image HDR panorama - processed entirely using the new PTGUI 10.0.6 version software. No other editing software or image manipulation software used.Very impressive considering limited ghosting of leaves as it was a windy day.
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