Wildflowers Surround the Historic Stonework Lime Kiln

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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This is a furnace, known as a lime kiln. It is located at the bottom of Sand Hill, between Williamsport and Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA. The kiln was built in the late 1700’s or very early 1800’s. It was used to convert limestone into “quick lime”. The lime produced here was used as soil fertilizer. It was also made into white-wash and was a key element in the making of plaster. Quarried limestone was also used along with coal or charcoal, combined with iron ore to produce pig iron.

This beautiful old local landmark was thankfully saved when Route 180 was built in central Pennsylvania during the mid 1980’s. The highway was constructed with the north and southbound traffic lanes spaced far enough apart to allow the furnace to remain standing in the widened median area, right between the opposing traffic lanes.

I understand that there had been an effort to have this site listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, but the application was never approved. (…what a disappointment!)

This work has had 113 “views”, as of July 24th, 2010.

This photograph was captured on Saturday, June 5th, 2010, along RT-180 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The photo was shot with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens on a Canon EOS 10D DSLR body. The aperture was set to f/19, shutter speed 1/60th second at the 24mm focal length. The camera’s ISO setting was set to 200.

This HDR image was processed in Photomatix 3.2. It is a single frame that was saved as four separate exposures, then re-combined using the HDR software.

© 2010 Gene Walls

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