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Edge Moor Iron Company records

1774-1941
 Collection
Accession: 1064

Abstract

The Edge Moor Iron Company engaged in the manufacture of iron and steel bridges at a plant located on the Delaware River north of Wilmington. The collection is comprised of a limited selection of documents, primarily connected to the liquidation of the company in 1936. It includes plant and property maps, clippings, and deeds and titles covering the property.

Dates

  • 1774-1941

Creator

Extent

0.5 Linear Foot

Historical Note

The Edge Moor Iron Company engaged in the manufacture of iron and steel bridges at a plant located on the Delaware River north of Wilmington. The company was incorporated in Delaware in 1869 by brothers-in-law Eli Garrett (1830-1886), John Sellers (1826-1906), and William Sellers (1824-1905), a noted Philadelphia mechanical engineer. Among its more important projects were the Brooklyn Bridge deck, the second Rockville Bridge over the Susquehanna River, and the Kentucky River Bridge of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad.

The company began enlarging its works and adding a rolling mill in 1882, but the financial upheavals of the 1880s and 1890s delayed completion until 1897. By this time, the firm was in financial difficulty, and in 1900 it sold its bridge works to the newly-organized American Bridge Company, which became a subsidiary of U.S. Steel in 1901. The Edge Moor rolling mill was dismantled, and the plant was closed in 1925. The Edge Moor Iron Company was placed in receivership and liquidated in 1936.

The boiler works continued in operation under a new owner, the Edge Moor Iron Works, Inc., incorporated on August 11, 1936.

Scope and Contents

A limited selection of documents, primarily connected to the liquidation of the company in 1936. There are a series of plant and property maps and clippings discussing the liquidation, along with a collection of deeds and title papers convering the property from 1774 to 1936.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Helen S. Garret vs. Edge Moor Iron Co. suit (Accession 1216), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Edge Moor Iron Company records
Status:
Author:
John Beverley Riggs
Date:
1978
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400