Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Iron ore discovery in Howard County in 1700's
In doing the research on the Underground Railroad in Howard County I came across some other information on how slaves were used in the production of iron in the County. Slaves in Maryland and Howard County had been used mostly in the growing and harvesting of tobacco. As mentioned in yesterday's blog the discovery of iron ore in the County caused slaves to be used in the mining of the iron ore. The ore was melted into iron in the Elkridge Furnace run by the Dorsey family. The iron was used mostly by the railroads for rails and bridges. We have two examples of bridges that still exist in the County.
This bridge is presently used on the trail from Columbia to Savage.
Near this bridge the story of the iron ore mining in told with pictures from that time.
This is the Bollman bridge in Savage built by the B&O Railroad
The areas of the iron ore mining can also be still seen in the County. Below is an area near the trail bridge that was one site.
Supposedly the water is hundreds of feet deep in this quarry pond.
In researching the past couple of blogs I also learned of the wheat grinding mill that still exists under a Route 32 bridge at Cedar Lane.
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