United Iron Works

United Iron Works manufactured all sorts of metal things, but I had no idea until I spotted this on a sidewalk a few weeks ago.

United Iron Works had that name from 1904 until 1955 and operated out of a complex of buildings, built starting in the 1880s, on both sides of 2nd Street between Clay and Jefferson Streets. Today a Cost Plus market sits where the foundry used to be, and a Bed Bath & Beyond store occupies one of the surviving buildings. The whole complex is a registered historic landmark.

The company was founded as Oakland Iron Works in 1871, according to the landmark application, and was reorganized as United Iron Works in 1904. The renovated complex is called Oakland Ironworks today.

I have a suspicion that the firm made this interesting street drain just across Clay.

I’ve been here a hundred times and never noticed it until just now.

2 Responses to “United Iron Works”

  1. Louise brackett Says:

    I live in Biltmore Forest in Asheville North Carolina this company designed the lamps that’s now still stand in Biltmore Forest and we’re known as the swan neck lamps now I’m talking about that in 1923 before do you have any information about that

  2. Andrew Alden Says:

    Hi Louise, I can’t tell you much. I was looking around at our various street lamps, including the Necklace of Lights, and although they were all manufactured in Oakland, none of the makers were United Iron Works. Oakland used to be a big center for heavy manufacturing, but that was a long time ago.

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