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Saugus Iron Works (pix)

July 28, 2008 pm31 9:52 pm

At the time (mid 17th century) Saugus was the largest industrial complex in North America, processing ore and turning the wrought iron into thin bars (looked like a square cross section of about a half inch) for sale for making nails and other thin objects.

Even though it shut after just 20 years, the slag heap guaranteed it would not be lost. Local buffs got it restored in the 40s and 50s, then designated a National Park in the 70s. The restoration is beautiful, but needs constant upkeep since they redid it 1650s style – not with modern technology.

Here’s one of the mills, the place where iron left the blast furnace, and a massive drive shaft:

Mill with water wheelsShaftBlast Furnace

Click any image for more photos of Saugus. I didn’t take enough to follow the iron from bog to rods, but there are enough to get a bit of a feel for the place. The scale is large, but small enough so you can follow the processes. Well worth a visit.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2008 pm31 9:56 pm 9:56 pm

    Man, that looks neat. I’d love to see it sometime.

  2. August 5, 2008 pm31 9:09 pm 9:09 pm

    It’s too far and too small to be worth its own trip… but if you were anywhere within an hour or two, it would be well worth it.

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