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John West (Pennsylvania)

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Engineer of the Lehigh Zinc Company from c.1867 to ?. He was responsible for the design of several large pumping engines for mine drainage, including the largest beam engine ever built in North America. This was for the Ueberroth Mine, the largest of the company's Friedensville mines. The single cylinder was 110" diameter. It was built by Merrick and Sons of Southwark Foundry, Philadelphia, with many of the castings coming from Lazell, Perkins and Co.

John West was born in Cornwall, and some sources state that he was a nephew of the respected engineer William West (William West (1801-1879)?).

Another source[1] says that this was John West Junior, son of John West of Tuckingmill, and quotes another source stating that the 110" engine was erected by 'Simeon Noell, who has had twenty-one years experience in this kind of work in Cornwall.'

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Sources of Information

  1. 'The Cornish Beam Engine' by D. B. Barton, D. Bradford Barton Ltd., 1966