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Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania
Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania
Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania
Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Fayette
Township North Union
Area
 • Total 1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)
 • Land 1.02 sq mi (2.65 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
1,050 ft (320 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 827
 • Density 809/sq mi (312.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
15456
FIPS code 42-42640
GNIS feature ID 1179192

Lemont Furnace is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is 3 miles (5 km) northeast of the city of Uniontown and approximately 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. The community is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. At the 2010 census, the population of Lemont Furnace was 827.

The town is named for its history of iron ore. The following list identifies villages, hamlets, and communities named for local iron furnaces and forges that operated during the 18th and 19th centuries. There were a number of other furnaces and forges, but either there was no community nearby or the community wasn’t named for the furnace or forge.

Many of these communities boomed while pig iron production took place, but later began to decline after the furnace or forge stopped operating. Common reasons for the closing of the furnace or forge included depletion of raw materials (iron ore or wood for charcoal), financial issues locally or nationally, and the development of the Bessemer process for production. Many of these communities are now ghost towns or have populations that are significantly lower than they had at their peaks.

• Bay Furnace, Michigan (1869) – now a ghost town and a historic site – furnace operated 1870-1877

• Blacklick Furnace, Pennsylvania – now a ghost town

• Catoctin Furnace, Maryland – now preserved as part of Catoctin Mountain Park

• Carp Furnace, Michigan – now part of the City of Marquette, Michigan

• Centre Furnace, Pennsylvania – now part of the City of State College, Pennsylvania

• Clifton Forge, Virginia (1826) – population peaked in 1930 and is now half that size

• Columbia Furnace, Virginia (1808) – unincorporated settlement – furnace operated until 1886

• Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee (1793) – furnace operated until 1889. Post office remains.

• Dover Furnace, New York – small hamlet in Dutchess County

• Elizabeth Furnace, Virginia – now a ghost town within a recreation area

• Franklin Furnace, New Jersey (1795) – now part of the Borough of Franklin.

• Franklin Furnace, Ohio (1826) – 2010 population 0f 1,660

• Furnace, Indiana – now a ghost town

• Furnace, Kentucky – small hamlet in Estill County

• Furnace, Maryland – now Furnace Town State Historic Site

• Furnace Falls, Ontario (2 of them) – both are now ghost towns

• Greenwood Furnace, Michigan – now a small settlement called Greenwood

• Greenwood Furnace, Pennsylvania (1833-1904) – now a state park

• Hopewell Furnace, Pennsylvania – now a national historical site

• Junior Furnace, Ohio (1828)

• Kent Furnace, Connecticut – unincorporated hamlet

• Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania – unincorporated hamlet with a 2010 population of 827

• Longdale Furnace, Virginia (1827)

• New Furnace, Michigan – now a ghost town

• Ohio Furnace, Ohio (1824)

• Old Forge, New York – unincorporated hamlet with a population of 756 in 2010

• Old Forge, Pennsylvania (1899) – population peaked in 1930, but has dropped 40% since then.

• Oliphant Furnace, Pennsylvania – unincorporated settlement

• Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania – unincorporated settlement

• Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – estimated population of 6,266 in 2019

• Richmond Furnace, Pennsylvania – post office operate from 1872-1965

• Scioto Furnace, Ohio (1828) – furnace operated until 1892 – post office still operating

• Union Furnace, Ohio – unincorporated, but contains post office

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania – small settlement next to the national historical park

SOURCES:

• Dodge, R.L. Michigan Ghost Towns of the Upper Peninsula, 1973.

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, a Commonwealth Campus of the Pennsylvania State University system, is located 2 miles (3 km) north of Lemont Furnace. The campus serves the students of Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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