First Iron Furnace in Oswego - c. 1866


First Iron Furnace in Oswego

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This is probably the earliest photo of the first Oswego iron furnace, taken in 1866 - a year before Carleton Watkins came from California to create his series of views. It appears that workers are celebrating the completion of the main furnace, which produced its first pig iron early in 1867, sold as "Oregon iron" to foundries in Portland and San Francisco.

The thirty-two-foot-high stack, supported by twelve feet of foundation, was built with massive walls to withstand temperatures of 2800 degrees. It operated here until 1885, when the company built a larger furnace about one-half mile to the north.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon. Original courtesy of Lake Oswego Public Library.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0652
Photographer Unknown
Location Lake Oswego, Clackamas County
Subject No
Decade 1860s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type CDV
Size of Original 2.1 x 3.4 inches
Photographer's Number No

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