The Furnaces of Rivertownes

Aurora Furnace

 
 
Aurora Furnace
Original artwork by Klaus Grutzka. Courtesy of Wrightsville House

The History

The Aurora furnace was erected by investors of the Wrightsville Iron Company in 1867 with a 38 foot stack and a 14 foot bosh. Located on North Front Street in Wrightsville, it was modified numerous times over its' lifetime, eventually measuring 65 feet in height with a 14 1/2 foot bosh. By 1892 its annual capacity was 25-30,000 tons of pig iron per year. Ores for the furnace came from York, Perry and Lebanon Counties in Pennsylvania and from Frederick, Maryland. Product of the furnace was said to be neutral gray forge and foundry pig iron of "superior quality" and was branded "Aurora". By 1907 the furnace was out of operation and in 1917-18 it was demolished. Bricks from the furnace were used to build a silk mill on Front Street, now home to the John Wright Store and Restaurant. View insurance map of the furnace site.

Today's Remnants

Little remains today of the Aurora Furnace. Several private homes are now located on the site north of the limekilns on North Front Street in Wrightsville.

 

 

 

 

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