A Landscape Transformed: The Ironmaking District of by Robert B. Gordon

By Robert B. Gordon

This e-book examines the commercial ecology of 2 hundred years of ironmaking with renewal power assets in northwestern Connecticut. It makes a speciality of the cultural context of people's judgements approximately expertise and the surroundings, and the slow transition they effected of their land from commercial panorama to pastoral countryside.

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If he could get Hazeltine to invest, all Allen needed was someone who knew how to build and run a furnace. The brothers Samuel and Elisha Forbes, masters of a forge across the Housatonic River in Canaan could do this, and they had some profits ready to put into a new enterprise. Allen, John Hazeltine, and the Forbes brothers agreed on 16 January 1762 to build "A Furnice to Run Iron Pig mettle" and prepare enough ore and fuel for two months of smelting by 5 September. John Hazeltine put up half the capital, the Forbes three-eighths, and Allen the remaining eighth.

Eli Whitney turned to Forbes &C Adam for help with his new armory, and beginning in December 1798 the part- Fig. 3. Drawing of Hunt's forge made by a daughter of the Hunt family. 14 Whitney continued to call on them, particularly when he wanted metal of the best quality: in 1808 he ordered rolled plates to make into bottles for Benjamin Silliman's mineral water establishment. Other customers found the highquality iron made in Salsibury essential for their manufacturing operations. By 1818 Holley & Coffing was supplying bar iron to J & J Townsend's rolling mill in Albany, to the Columbian Foundry in New York City, and to the Springfield Armory, among others.

Paul Hazeltine had access to capital. Ore, 28 fuel, and a source of waterpower were at hand. If he could get Hazeltine to invest, all Allen needed was someone who knew how to build and run a furnace. The brothers Samuel and Elisha Forbes, masters of a forge across the Housatonic River in Canaan could do this, and they had some profits ready to put into a new enterprise. Allen, John Hazeltine, and the Forbes brothers agreed on 16 January 1762 to build "A Furnice to Run Iron Pig mettle" and prepare enough ore and fuel for two months of smelting by 5 September.

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