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Little Known Sights in Connecticut, Part 2

September 9, 2015

Drive into the Northwest corner of Connecticut, almost to the New York and Massachusetts borders and you will come upon the town of East Canaan. Drive a short way off the main road and you’ll find the remains of the Beckley Furnace.

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Nikon D90, 18-200 lens Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Effects

The Beckley Furnace operated from 1847 to 1919, and when operating there were more buildings than what is left here today. What you see above is the furnace itself, used to make iron which was then cast into ingots in the (now gone) adjacent building.  The Beckley Furnace is located along the Blackberry River, which looks like it was dammed up so that the water could drive the turbine that forced air into the furnace.

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Effects

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens
Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Effects

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Effects

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens
Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Effects

The furnace looks to be in remarkable good shape. The rest of the area is mostly foundation walls, old piping, and miscellaneous pieces of large machinery.  It is an unfortunately all too common site in Connecticut – remains of the vibrant state industry that helped drive the country from the Revolutionary period into the early 20th century.

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Effects

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens
Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Effects

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  1. Hey Andy, do you think that structure is a portent of our occupation in the afterlife?????? Lol

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