Beckley Furnace Dam - Canaan CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 42° 00.656 W 073° 17.488
18T E 641474 N 4652401
Quick Description: The dam was originally built in 1847 as the power source for the Beckeley Furnance. Today it is a Connecticut State Park.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 1/24/2015 2:16:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMN9D4
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
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Long Description:
The furnace was built in 1847 by John Beckley and William Pierce. It was located in an ideal area for the time, with the Blackberry River for powering the furnace, unlimited lime was located just a short distance up the road, and an iron mine was located close by. By 1880 the mining was having to dig deeper and deeper for iron ore, charcoal was brought in from Pennsylvania and Vermont and the river and its power could not be expanded, so it became very costly to produce the iron. Most of the other furnaces in the area closed down. Beckley, along with Canaan #3, continued operations until 1920-23.
Waterway where the dam is located: Blackberry River

Main use of the Water Dam: Recreation Area

Material used in the structure: masonry

Height of Dam: 8 feet

Date built: 1/1/1847

Fishing Allowed: Not Listed

Motor Sports Allowed: Not Listed

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