Sites on the Internet Related to Manufactured Gas
Living on Earth (LOE) - a weekly program on National Public Radio (NPR) that highlights environmental issues. Allen Hatheway was interviewed for the program airing during the week of 23 March 2001.
- Allen Hatheway's 23 March 2001
Living On Earth interview in
The Nature and Ambiance of Gas Lighting. California Gold Rush Mother Lode resident and gas-lighting enthusiast Paul Ivazes operates a small business at the historic Forty-Niner town of Grass Valley, providing rebuilt and refurbished manufactured gas-era originals and quality reproductions, both fixtures and parts. Paul is a craftsman in the several trades necessary to keep the gas lights burning for those of us who dote on the real and daily reminder of the grand era of manufactured gas. Paul's ambitions include production of a documentary film on the social benefits and impacts of gas lighting, and his path already has produced a nice selection of period illustrations of the lights, their architectural and commercial use, and the general ambiance provided in an era where darkness otherwise pervaded the night. Enjoy Paul's wonderful "Gaswizard's Photostream" site HERE.
Railroad Extra - a rail enthusiast site. Included in this site is an excellent historical summary of the manufacture of "Pintsch" gas. Pintsch was a manufacturing process used primarily in the 19th and early 20th centuries to provide gas service on trains. The gas was usually manufactured in a rail yard facility, and then stored and used on rail cars.
With thanks to steam enthusiast Brian Fritz: Brain submitted links to a series of excellent photos he has collected of the MG equipment on display at Gas Works Park on the north shore of Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. Check them out at: Gas Works Park #1 and Gas Works Park #2
The Solvay Coke Ovens used at Solvay Coke in Milwaukee was
patented much later by the Solvay Process Company in 1881.
The first coke plant with Solvay Process coke ovens was built in Syracuse,New
York. Click here to view a
history of the Solvay
Process Company on the web. Contributed by:
One of the older plants in the country with both Coke Ovens and blast
furnaces is Sloss Industries in Birmingham, Alabama. First
built in 1881 and extensively rebuilt in the late 1920s, it has a battery of
Semet Solvay coke ovens and several blast furnances. They are all silent
now, but since they have been declared a National Historical Monument, it is
probably the best facility in the country to visit and see what such an
operation looked like. Also, its coke oven batteries from the 1950s are
still at work; so you can see what the process looked like in action.
Contributed by: James Hefner