Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

Eliza Furnace - The Bellows Arch

The Eliza Furnace was built in 1846 and remains in remarkable condition for its age. This view shows the bellows arch. On this side of the furnace a water wheel powered bellows was located which transmitted air into the heat exchanger to improve the melting of the iron ore.

There are two other arches on the furnace, the casting arch on the front of the furnace where the molten iron was tapped and the downcomer arch where the air from the heat exchanger was fed into the furnace.