The massive Carrie Furnace site, seen from the northwest, just past sunset.
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The #6 Carrie Furnace
This was one of seven blast furnaces on the site that produced pig iron for the Carnegie Steel Co.. This #6 furnace ran from 1907 until it was shut down in 1978. The holes at bottom center are where the molten iron flowed out into troughs in the ground, and was then poured into rail cars for transport across a hot metal bridge to the Homestead Steel Works.
I captured this image during my first visit to Carrie in 2010. Much of the paint has since peeled off this stack in the last four years.
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I captured this image of graffiti in 2010. It has since been wiped away. .
The rust and decay are immediately apparent upon climbing the steps into the main area.
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I believe these openings were used to sort iron ore and coal, as they open into large catchment bins below. The bins are still full of coal, and there is iron ore scattered all around the site.
Safety's #1 (sic)
This sign is in the big building where the locker rooms were located. It has since been repainted, and the graffiti removed, but I captured this image in 2010, before the site was named a National Historic Landmark. and cleanup efforts began.
The back of the furnace site, just before sunset.
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The pouring rain is visible at the top left of this image, where it was coming in through the decayed roof.
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In the excellent 2013 movie "Out Of The Furnace", Christian Bale's character walks through the middle of these massive pipes. The yellow scaps are remnants of bricks and tiles that once covered the floor.
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For A Perfect Hand You Need All Five
This is another safety sign in the big building where the locker rooms were located. It has also since been repainted, and the graffiti removed, but I took this shot in 2010, before preservation efforts began.
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