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Millerstown Iron Company letterbook (microfilm)

Creation: 1877-1880
Accession: 2262


The Millerstown Iron Company, organized in 1873, constructed the Macungie Furnace in Macungie, Pennsylvania, and was a small anthracite iron company. The microfilmed letterbook documents the business correspondence of the company and includes outgoing correspondence from the Macungie furnace's superintendents.


  • Creation: 1877-1880



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Historical Note

The Millerstown Iron Company was a small anthracite iron company in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was organized under the general incorporation laws of Pennsylvania on April 25, 1873. It constructed the Macungie Furnace, located at Macungie, Pennsylvania, which was blown in for the first time on September 14, 1874. The company could not survive the depression of 1873-1879 and was sold at foreclosure of its first mortgage in 1879. The purchasers reorganized as the Macungie Iron Company and continued to operate the furnace until the onset of the next major depression in 1893. After lying idle for some years, the furnace was sold to a combination, the Empire Steel and Iron Company, around 1900. It was finally sold to the East Penn Foundry company on December 27, 1922, and dismantled.

Scope and Contents

The microfilmed letterbook of the Millerstown Iron Company documents the business correspondence of a small anthracite iron company in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. The book includes outgoing correspondence from Valentine Weygandt Weaver (1826-1893), who served as the Macungie furnace's superintendent through November 1879, and his son, William Mickley Weaver (1851-1890), who succeeded his father as superintendent upon the company's reorganization as the Macungie Iron Company in December 1879. Topics discussed are those typical of a small iron furnace operation and largely deal with equipment and supplies, pig iron quality and prices, production numbers, raw materials, sales, and general furnace operations.

Location of Originals

National Canal Museum, 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton Pa., 18042.

Access Restrictions

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

Related Materials

Millerstown Iron Company minute book (Accession 2243), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

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