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Alexander Cardon first purchased the land in 1828-29, for the eventual site of the Victoria Iron Works. Local resident William Clark, years later, recalled that he believed “Cardon started Victoria Iron Works in the year 1829; I [Clark] went to live at the works in January 1831.” At the time, Cardon worked for the Dauphin Tannery, harvesting the trees for charcoal and shingles and the bark of chestnut oaks for the local tannery upon the iron works’ property.
Cardon first erected two water-powered iron forges in 1829 and 1830, harnessing the water from Clark’s Creek. By 1836, an iron furnace joined the two forges and the complex known as Victoria Iron Works, was completed with a frame dwelling house, barn and workers housing.
Unfortunately, the Victoria Iron Works was a short-lived venture. A collapse of the iron market in 1845, sent Victoria on a downward spiral and it reportedly failed by September 8, 1845, hardly fifteen years after the works were constructed. The stone stack and neighboring slag piles remain an important link to Clark's Valley's industrial past.
DIRECTIONS: From the junction of Route 225/325, turn east on 325. Continue 5.1 miles to the parking lot for Victoria Trail on your lefthand side. Park and walk back the road, 0.1 miles to the gate you passed to your right. Continue south on the logging road, until you reach Clark's Creek. Immediately prior to crossing the bridge, turn right and follow a fisherman's path along the edge of the creek for approximately 0.3 miles. The furnace will be on your right.
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