Winter Lecture Series 2019: Paul Fagley – The Romantic Days of Juniata Iron

February 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
HCHS Exhibit Gallery
100 4th Street
Huntingdon PA
Huntingdon County Historical Society

The Romantic Days of Juniata Iron.

When talking of the great iron-making centers of Pennsylvania, places like Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and Bethlehem come to mind. One region stands out as conspicuously absent today, yet through much of the 19th century was known round the world as the origin of some of the best iron made — the Juniata Valley.

The Juniata Valley is an area of rugged beauty, high quality iron ore, excellent limestone, and vast expanses of fine hardwood forests. These provided the setting for the nascent iron industry to flourish in the area. From its beginnings in the 18th century to the demise in the 20th, the Juniata Iron District encompassed an area with a great many ironworks, and for many years was THE principle iron-producing district in the nation. Juniata Iron fed the rolling mills of Pittsburgh, building the foundation of the great steel-making center of Pittsburgh. In Europe, Juniata Iron went head to head with the best Russian and Swedish iron. Journey back in time to the romantic days of Juniata Iron, and discover our incredible lost heritage of Juniata Iron.

Biography of Paul T. Fagley

Paul graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1985 and has been employed as Environmental Education Specialist at Greenwood Furnace State Park for over 30 years. He has established an interpretive and education program centered on the Greenwood Iron Works, early forestry heritage of the area, and the Juniata Iron District, in which he is considered an expert. He has authored several papers on local industrial history, and has published books on local history. He is a native of Burnham in Mifflin County.