The Charcoal Industry

The Charcoal Industry (HM2LQK)

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N 41° 55.553', W 72° 59.836'

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Imagine Northwest Connecticut completely bare of trees. In 30-40 year cycles, from the 1700s to the 1920s, entire hillsides of young trees were cut and cleared. This wood was made into charcoal, the preferred fuel of Connecticut's brick, iron and brass foundries. Charcoal burned hotter and cleaner than wood making purer metals and less smoke. A small, typical iron furnace converting ore to pig iron consumed all the charcoal made from one acre of woodland each day. At least 150 acres of timber converted to charcoal were needed every year to produce 1,000 tons of pig iron.
Connecticut foundries forged cannons and hardware that supported both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
Year Placed2019
Placed ByFALPS (Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forest) and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
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Date Added Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 666057 N 4643486
Decimal Degrees41.92588333, -72.99726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 55.553', W 72° 59.836'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 55' 33.18" N, 72° 59' 50.16" W
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