Historical Landmarks

ASM Historical Landmarks

From the Iron Bridge to the Statue of Liberty, ASM Historical Landmarks identify the many sites and events that have played a prominent part in the discovery, development and growth of metals and metalworking. In 1987, the scope of ASM Historical Landmarks was broadened to include all engineered materials.


  • Weld Mold Company, Brighton, MI

“For the development of the flood welding process, which facilitated the repair of steel alloy forging dies, thereby extending their lifetime and productivity.”


  • Alcoa Inc., Alcoa, TN

“For being the primary supplier of aluminum heat-treated sheet and structural members for aircraft during World War II, and for playing a significant role in the sustainability and recycling of aluminum can sheet.”

  • Quincy Smelting Works (QSW), Ripley Franklin Township, MI

“The Quincy Smelting Works is uniquely capable of interpreting the final stage of copper production for one of the few native copper ore mining regions on earth.”


  • Park Metallurgical/Heatbath Corporation, Detroit, Michigan

"At the forefront of expanding the business and science of metal working, Park Chemical's contributions to metallurgical advancements began here in Detroit, Michigan by visionary ASM Founder/President, William Park Woodside."

  • Scranton Iron Furnaces, Scranton, Pennsylvania

"The Scranton Iron Furnaces spurred the nation's industrial revolution in iron and coal through the use of anthracite. Locally produced rails contributed to the growth of America's 19th century railroads."


  • Aluminum Company of Canada Ltd, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

"At this site, men and women shaped aluminum from war-time need to peaceful use, learning its secrets, and developing new applications for the future."

  • Oerlikon Metco, Westbury, New York

"The first family of exothermically reacting; self-bonding intermetallic forming compounds used by the thermal spray industry for improved surface protection properties was developed at this site.  Process and materials were commercialized between 1965-1972."


  • The Delhi Iron Pillar, New Delhi, India
    The rustless metallurgical marvel dedicated to ancient iron making traditions and blacksmiths of ancient India

  • US Department of Energy Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC
    For advancing the materials technologies necessary to produce tritium, plutonium, and other isotopes for national defense, research and medical applications.

  • The World's Heavy Hydraulic Closed-Die Forging Presses

    • Alcoa, Cleveland, OH

    • Alcoa, Russia

    • PCC Wyman Gordon, Grafton, MA

    • Aubert Duval, France

    • Weber Metals, Paramount, CA

    • VSMPO, Russia

These giant presses enabled quantum changes in the approach of modern aircraft design by producing large, forged monolithic structures. In turn, this capability provided designers with greater flexibility in the application of new alloys; lighter, stronger, and affordable aerostructures; and more powerful and fuel efficient gas turbine engines.


  • Sponge Iron Powder Production, Riverton, NJ


  • The Milk House, Electron Energy Corporation
    Landisville, PA

  • Open Coil Annealing (OCA Operations) AccelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


  • Metcut Research, Inc.
    Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Cherry Valley Coke Ovens
    Leetonia, Ohio

  • USS Monitor
    off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina


  • ASM International Headquarters Building and Geodesic Dome Materials Park, Ohio


  • CoorsTek, Inc.
    Golden, Colorado

  • Beehive Coke Ovens
    Various Southwestern Pennsylvania locations


  • The H.L. Hunley Submarine, North Charleston, South Carolina

"In the context of naval warfare, H.L. Hunley changed the world.  Its builders? innovative use of materials, design and manufacturing techniques resulted in the world?s first successful attack submarine."

  • ATI- ALLVAC, Monroe, North Carolina

"For pioneering achievement in Vacuum Induction Melting of nickel-based superalloys in this facility September 19, 1957."


  • The Liberty Bell
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • The Phoenix Iron & Steel Company
    Phoenixville, Pennsylvania


  • Ladish Co., Inc., Cudahy Forge Division
    Cudahy, Wisconsin

  • Burden Iron Works
    Troy, New York


  • The Caterpillar Tractor at Haggin Museum
    Stockton, California


  • The Eli Whitney Armory
    Hambden, CT

  • L'Anse aux Meadows
    Newfoundland, Canada

  • Populonia – Isola d'Elba
    Tuscany, Italy


  • Outokumpu Flash Smelter
    Helsinki-Espoo, Finland

  • AltaSteel Ltd.
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


  • The Ohio Crankshaft Company
    Cleveland, Ohio


  • Hendrichs Forge
    Solingen, Germany

  • Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge
    Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
    West Mifflin, Pennsylvania


  • Polymeric Materials Laboratory
    Milan, Italy


  • LD-Vessel Number 1
    Technical Museum of Vienna
    Vienna, Austria

  • Speedway Laboratories
    Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc.
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Heroult Electric Arc Furnace for Smelting Iron
    Town of Heroult
    Shasta County, California


  • Latrobe Plant
    Allvac-An Allegheny Teledyne Company
    Latrobe, Pennsylvania

  • William Tod Steam Engine
    Former Youngstown Sheet & Tube Breir Hill Works
    Youngstown, Ohio


  • 48" Grey Mill
    Bethlehem Steel Corporation
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

  • Forge of Fontenay
    Bourgogne, France

  • Freedom Forge
    Standard Steel
    Burnham, Pennsylvania


  • "Little Giant" Universal Testing Machine
    Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Co., Inc.
    Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

  • Metals Technology Laboratories
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Greenwood Furnace
    Greenwood Furnace State Park
    Greenwood Furnace, Pennsylvania


  • Wayne State University
    Metallurgical Engineering Laboratory
    Detroit, Michigan

  • Tannehill Ironworks
    Birmingham, Alabama

  • Jeffery/Champion Spark Plug Mine
    Mono County, California

  • Edgar Thomson Plant
    Braddock, Pennsylvania


  • Mound Laboratory
    EG&G Applied Mound Technologies
    Miamisburg, Ohio

  • Materials Science & Technology Division
    Naval Research Laboratory
    Washington, D.C.


  • Watervliet Plant
    AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp.
    Colonie, New York

  • Electric Arc Furnace
    The Museum of Science & Technology
    Milano, Italy

  • Bethforge Division
    Bethlehem Steel Corporation
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


  • Research Center
    Armco Inc.
    Middletown, Ohio

  • AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Murray Hill, New Jersey

  • Research Laboratories
    Corning Glass Works
    Corning, New York

  • Watervliet Arsenal
    U.S. Army
    Watervliet, New York


  • Mannesmann Piercing & Pilger Mills
    Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG
    Düsseldorf-Rath, Germany

  • Electric Arc Furnace
    Deutsches Werkzeugmuseum
    Remsheid, Germany

  • Aluminum Research Laboratories
    Aluminum Company of America
    Alcoa Center, Pennsylvania

  • Clydach Refinery
    West Glamorgan, South Wales

  • Air Force Materials Laboratory
    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
    Dayton, Ohio


  • AC Spark Plug Division
    General Motors Corporation
    Flint, Michigan

  • Research & Development Center
    Carpenter Technology Corporation
    Reading, Pennsylvania

  • DSV Alvin
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Woods Hole, Massachusetts

  • The Eiffel Tower
    Paris, France

  • Mill for the Production of Nickel-Base Alloys
    Inco Alloy International
    Huntington, West Virginia

  • Oliver Chilled Plow Works
    South Bend, Indiana

  • Ytterby Mine
    Resaro Island
    Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden


  • Brownsville, Route 40 Bridge
    Brownsville, Pennsylvania

  • Building 228, Experimental Station
    E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co.
    Wilmington, Delaware

  • Electric Arc Furnace
    Daido Steel Company Ltd.
    Nagoya, Japan

  • Ipanema Iron and Steel Works
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Kure Beach Marine Atmospheric Test Facility
    LaQue Center for Corrosion Technology
    Kure Beach, North Carolina

  • Massena Plant
    Aluminum Company of America
    Massena, New York

  • Metallurgy Division
    National Bureau of Standards
    Gaithersburg, Maryland

  • Metalworking Furnaces
    Mission San Juan Capistrano
    San Juan Capistrano, California

  • Michigan Copper Country
    Coppertown Museum
    Calumet, Michigan

  • Building "2-0-2" Northrop Aircraft
    El Segundo, California

  • Radwerk IV Blast Furnace
    Vordernberg, Austria

  • Paul Revere's Copper Rolling Mill
    Plymouth Rubber Co., Inc.
    Canton, Massachusetts

  • Sudbury District Ore Body
    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

  • Research Institute for Iron and Steel
    Tohoku University
    Sendai, Japan

  • Zinc Distillation Furnace
    Zawar mines, India


  • Maramec Iron Works
    St. James, Missouri

  • Argonaut Building
    General Motors
    Research Laboratories
    Detroit, Michigan


  • Forest Hills Research Laboratories Westinghouse Electric Corporation
    Forest Hills, Pennsylvania

  • La Farga de Ripoll
    Ripoll, Spain

  • Magnesium Production, Dow Chemical Company
    Midland, Michigan

  • Metals Research Laboratories, Elkem Metals Company Technology Center
    Niagara Falls, New York

  • Statue of Liberty
    New York Harbor, New York

  • Sloss Furnaces
    Birmingham, Alabama


  • Blaenavon Iron Works
    Blaenavon, Wales

  • Col. Frishmuth's Foundry
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Elwood Haynes Museum
    Kokomo, Indiana


  • The Iron Bridge
    Telford, Shropshire, England

  • Hashino Blast Furnace Relics
    Kamaishi City, Iwate, Japan

  • Albany Research Center, United States Bureau of Mines
    Albany, Oregon

  • World's First Hot and Cold-wall Hot-Isostatic-Processing (HIP) Vessels
    Battelle Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio


  • Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center
    Watertown, Massachusetts

  • The Cast Aluminum Cap on the Washington Monument
    Washington, D.C.

  • Reed Gold Mine
    Cararrus County, North Carolina


  • Acheson Graphite Company
    Niagara Falls, New York

  • New Almaden Quicksilver Mine
    New Almaden, California

  • Palacio de Mineria
    Mexico City, Mexico


  • Lukens Steel Corporation
    Coatesville, Pennsylvania


  • John Winthrop Jr. Blast Furnace
    West Quincy, Massachusetts


  • America's First Bessemer Steel Mill
    Wyandotte, Michigan

  • Eads Bridge
    St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois

  • Discovery of First Economical Process for Electrolytic Extraction of Aluminum
    Oberlin, Ohio

  • Pittsburgh Works of the Pittsburgh Reduction Company
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Free Institute of Industrial Science
    Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Saugus Iron Works
    Saugus, Massachusetts

  • Experimental Breeder Reactor I
    Idaho Falls, Idaho


  • Blast Furnace #1
    Fundidora Monterrey, S.A.
    Monterrey, Mexico

  • Cradle of Alloy Steel
    Republic Steel Corporation
    Canton, Ohio

  • First Basic Oxygen Furnaces in the Western Hemisphere
    Dofasco Melt Shop
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  • First HYLSA Sponge Iron Plant
    HYLSA, S.A.
    Monterrey, Mexico

  • General Electric Company River Works
    Lynn, Massachusetts

  • Grumman Aerospace Corporation
    Bethpage, New York

  • #1 Vacuum Induction Melting Furnace
    Special Metals Corporation
    New Hartford, New York


  • Atlas Steel Concast Machine
    Atlas Steels Company
    Welland, Ontario, Canada

  • Les Vieilles Forges St. Maurice
    Quebec Historical Monuments Commission
    Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada

  • Waterbury Brass Company Mill
    City of Waterbury, Connecticut


  • Location of the First Steel Converter (Kelley Steel Converter)
    Bethlehem Steel Corporation
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania

  • Cornwall Iron Mine and Furnace
    Bethlehem Steel Corporation
    Cornwall, Pennsylvania

  • Western Electric-Allentown Works
    American Telephone & Telegraph
    Western Electric Division
    Allentown, Pennsylvania

  • All-Welded Test Boiler Drum
    Combustion Engineering, Inc.
    Metallurgical Laboratory
    Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • Tredegar Iron Works
    Ethyl Corporation
    Richmond, Virginia

  • Climax Mine and Mill Complex
    Climax Molybendum Company
    Division of AMAX, Inc.
    Climax, Colorado

  • Tremont Nail Company
    Tremont Nail Company
    Wareham, Massachusetts

  • Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine
    State of Connecticut HistoricalCommission
    East Granby, Connecticut

  • Iron Ranges of Minnesota
    Iron Range Interpretive Center
    Chrisholm, Minnesota

  • Ford Tri-Motor Airplane
    Island Airplanes
    Port Clinton, Ohio


  • First Continuous Sheet Rolling Mill
    Armco Steel Corporation
    Ashland, Kentucky


  • Graphite Reactor
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee


  • Electric Furnace
    Crucible Specialty Metals Division
    Colt Industries
    Syracuse, New York