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Description

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Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise signed at gate. Fee Charged.

The skeletons of a blast furnace and charcoal kiln stand as silent, lone remnants of the Katahdin Iron Works. Between 1843 and 1890, these structures pulsed with activity as part of Maine's only nineteenth century iron works operation. The fires of the blast furnace flamed non-stop, glowing against the night sky. Such sights and sounds must have seemed out of place in the Maine wilderness. Yet, it was the wilderness, with its ready supplies of iron ore, fuel wood, and waterpower that brought the iron works industry to this site.

If you are interested in learning about geology around the state, check out the Maine Geological Survey Searchable Database.

Download Katahdin Iron Works Historical Brochure (PDF)

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Activities

  • Hiking (trails)
  • Watchable wildlife

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Rules

Consider lending a hand. Contact us if you would like to help with stewardship or maintenance work.

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Services and Facilities

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Location

T6 R9 WELS, Maine

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Fees

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Contact

Katahdin Iron Works State Historic Site
c/o Bureau of Parks and Lands
106 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 941-4014

Maps

download site map (154 KB/pdf)

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Directions and Parking

Get Google map and directions

From Maine Route 11, drive 5 miles north of Brownville Junction, then take gravel road 6 miles to "K.l."