Chickies Furnace No. 2, Lancaster County, PA, circa 1890.
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In this black and white photograph an iron factory sits in the middle, in the background one can make out ore banks, and in the foreground railroad tracks with a train caboose and a couple of rail car loads of iron ore. Four men stand nearby the train on the tracks.

Credit: Courtesy of the Lancaster County Historical Society

In 1854 Samuel Haldeman's brothers built their second iron works, Furnace # 2, at the mouth of Chickies Creek in Lancaster County, PA. The Haldeman family would operate their iron works continuously from 1845 to 1900. "Chickies" was an abbreviation for the Indian word Chiquesalunga. It was also a favorite archaeological site for Professor Haldeman in his later years.

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