Cambria Iron Company

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Cambria Iron Company
Cambria Iron Company, Blacksmith Shop, Lower Works, Johnstown (Cambria County, Pennsylvania).jpg
Blacksmith Shop in 1958
Nearest city Johnstown, PA
Area 482 acres (195 ha)
Architect Cambria Iron Co., et al.
NRHP Reference # 89001101[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 22, 1989[1]
Designated NHL June 22, 1989[3]
Designated PHMC March 04, 1947[2]

Cambria Iron Company is a former company, and also is the name of a National Historic Landmark located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1852 and made many important contributions to the iron and steel industry. William Kelly (inventor) implemented many of his iron and steel technology advances at this location. The company later became the Cambria Steel Co.

A number of works by the firm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1][4]

Name history[edit]

The Cambria Iron Works was reorganized in 1898 and renamed the Cambria Steel Company. In 1916, the Midvale Steel and Ordnance Company bought the Cambria Steel Company, and sold it to the Bethlehem Steel Company in 1923.[5]

National Historic Landmark summary[edit]

View from Westmont, Pennsylvania. Blacksmith shop (octagon roof) and machine shop (raised roof) in the center.

According to the NHL summary, "The Cambria Iron Works closed in 1992. In 2001, the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority acquired three key structures within the complex (the Blacksmith Shop, the Machine Shop, and the adjacent Carpenter Shop) from the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, in order to return the buildings to a viable industrial, commercial, and tourist site under a mixed-use conceptual plan."[3]


Works include (with variations in attribution):

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Cambria Iron Company". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  4. ^ Highway Bridges of Iowa MPS
  5. ^ "History of Steelmaking in Johnstown". Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center website. Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Archived from the original on January 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 

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Coordinates: 40°20′10″N 78°55′23″W / 40.336°N 78.923°W / 40.336; -78.923