By Robert B. Gordon
This booklet examines the economic ecology of two hundred years of ironmaking with renewal power assets in northwestern Connecticut. It makes a speciality of the cultural context of people's judgements approximately expertise and the surroundings, and the sluggish transition they effected of their land from commercial panorama to pastoral countryside.
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Extra resources for A Landscape Transformed: The Ironmaking District of Salisbury, Connecticut
Hatch was to: • Build and maintain a dam in good repair so as to form a reservoir to save water. • Keep his mill in good order so as to use water prudently. • Draw water only during five months of the year, at his election, except that if he drew water in a particular month, that month must be one of the five. 7 North Spectacle Pond gathered water from surrounding wetlands. However, because of its high elevation and its position at the head of the West Aspetuck River, its watershed was small, making the quantity of Fig.
3! Leman Bradley built Salisbury's third blast furnace in 1812, he using a site at the base of the Great Falls on the west side of the Housatonic River (see fig. I). 32 Benjamin Silliman, who visited the furnace during his tour of the northwest in 1817, described it as about twenty-five to thirty feet high and ten to twelve feet in diameter; it was four to five feet in diameter at the top. Water-powered bellows supplied the blast. 33 W C. 34 The partnership of Canfield & Robbins finally abandoned it in 1857.
He had to make arrangements with other waterpower users along the stream, as had the proprietors at the Fuller Forge in Kent (see chap. 14 Here he recruited Jacob Ogden to run his new forge. With the fining process, Ogden could make the highest quality wrought iron, which was difficult to produce in a bloomery. Smith built his business by touting the quality of his products. For example, a 1771 advertisement in the Boston Evening Post for a potash kettles "cast in Salisbury from best mountain ore" claimed them to be superior to those made from bog ore, which were liable to crack when first used.