In the 1830’s and 40’s Normandale was a very busy place mostly because of the Van Norman Furnace. In 1847 the ore from nearby beds had been exhausted and the increased distance of hauling added greatly to costs. Coal was also becoming scarce and expensive.

The money which flowed so freely for nearly twenty-five years suddenly ceased. The closing of the furnace would devastate the town.

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