A Busy Iron Port

A Busy Iron Port (HM225S)

Location: Port Henry, NY 12974 Essex County
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N 44° 2.536', W 73° 27.532'

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The aerial photograph of Port Henry taken about 1925 leaves no question as to the nature of this place: a busy port shipping the products of its furnaces by water and by rail. Two new furnaces, begun in 1922, represented the latest technology. An attached "sintering" plant processed fine ore powder so it would not be lost up the stack of the blast furnaces. The cantilever traveling crane made quick work of loading ore cars or barges with one of several grades of crushed ore, or sinter.
Hidden beneath the canopy of trees, to the right of the passenger station, lay the main office of Witherbee Sherman Mining Company and its adjoining carriage house. Built in 1875 just as the railroad came to town, the ornate new headquarters commanded the view you see before you, but one then filled with the smoke, heat and noise of heavy industry. The Town of Moriah took over the mining company building for offices in 1959, and the carriage house opened as the Iron Center in 1998.
[Photo captions, from left to right, read]
· Witherbee Sherman Company furnaces, headquarters and docks courtesy of Town of Moriah.
· The 1889 Bird's Eye View of Port Henry shows the company office building and the Iron Center backed by the embankment for Lake Champlain and Moriah Railroad tracks. Bird's Eye View detail courtesy of the Town Historian.

· The "Offices and Laboratory," served as the assay office for analyzing the iron content of ore samples and product. Today, interpretive exhibits occupy the main floor with a scale model of mining operations in the former ice house. The Town of Moriah Historical Society uses it for meetings and office space. The Town Historian's Office and local history research space are upstairs. Sanborn Insurance Company Map courtesy of Essex County Historical Society.
HM NumberHM225S
Placed ByLakes to Locks Passage
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Date Added Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 623471 N 4877721
Decimal Degrees44.04226667, -73.45886667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 2.536', W 73° 27.532'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 2' 32.16" N, 73° 27' 31.92" W
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Area Code(s)518
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 Senior Citizen Center, Port Henry NY 12974, US
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