Saugus Iron Works NHS, Boston Photos

The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is the location of the first successful foundry & ironworks in North America. Founded (1643) by John Winthrop the Younger and Puritan investors, it operated 1646-68. This NHS operated by the National Parks Service comprises a reconstructed blast furnace, forge, rolling-shear-slitter mill, as well as a restored 17th-century "Ironmaster's house" (1681). The Puritan managers John Turner and John Vinton picked this Saugus site because of the conjunction of bog ore, wood for charcoal, a river for waterwheels and depth to load ocean-going ships. Saugus made first silver coins in New England (1652).

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Saugus Iron Works was first successful foundry in America & made first silver coins in New England. Boston, MA.Blast furnace & forge buildings reconstructed at Saugus Iron Works run by National Parks Service. Boston, MA.Bronze model of grounds of Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Forge & slitting mill buildings reconstructed at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Saugus Iron Works was first successful foundry in America (1643) & made first silver coins in New England (1652). Boston, MA.Blast furnace & forge buildings reconstructed at Saugus Iron Works run by National Parks Service. Boston, MA.Bronze model of grounds of Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Forge & slitting mill buildings reconstructed at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Forge & slitting mill buildings reconstructed at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Forge building replicated at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace structure replicated at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Top of blast furnace structure where iron ore was dumped into furnace at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Forge & slitting mill buildings reconstructed at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Forge building replicated at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace structure replicated at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Top of blast furnace structure where iron ore was dumped into furnace at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Blast furnace doors where pig iron flowed into molded sand at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace crane for lifting pig iron at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace bellows at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace bellows drive shaft at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Blast furnace doors where pig iron flowed into molded sand at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace crane for lifting pig iron at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace bellows at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace bellows drive shaft at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Blast furnace roof at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Forge bellows at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Stages through which iron pigs are forged into rods at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Saugus River which supplied power & tailings ramp at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Blast furnace roof at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Forge bellows at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Stages through which iron pigs are forged into rods at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Saugus River which supplied power & tailings ramp at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Rolling & slitting mill at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Rolling & slitting mill for pressing flat & rod iron products at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blacksmith shop building at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blacksmith shop interior at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Rolling & slitting mill at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Rolling & slitting mill for pressing flat & rod iron products at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blacksmith shop building at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blacksmith shop interior at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Blacksmith shop tools at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Museum buildings at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Old iron works house at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Colonial architecture of Old iron works house at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Blacksmith shop tools at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Museum buildings at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Old iron works house (c1636) at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Colonial architecture of Old iron works house (c1636) at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Finial atop old iron works house at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Early historical sign marking Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Drawing of grounds of Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Puritan era iron casting found at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Finial atop old iron works house at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Early historical sign (1898) marking Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Drawing of grounds of Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Puritan era iron casting found at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Early historical sign marking Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Display on why early American settlers needed iron at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Early American iron objects at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Replica wooden carved foundry mold for iron fireback used to protect bricks in fireplace hearth at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Early historical sign (1930) marking Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Display on why early American settlers needed iron at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Early American iron objects at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Replica wooden carved foundry mold for iron fireback (1636) used to protect bricks in fireplace hearth at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Forge hammer excavated from Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace model at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Archeologically excavated water wheel fragment & beams at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.
Forge hammer excavated from Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Blast furnace model at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.Archeologically excavated water wheel fragment & beams (c1646-70) at Saugus Iron Works. Boston, MA.

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