How Charcoal Offers A Look Back At The Northeast's Industrial Past04:55
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For a long time, charcoal was the lifeblood of the Northeast's iron industry. (Ryan Caron King/ WNPR)
For a long time, charcoal was the lifeblood of the Northeast's iron industry. (Ryan Caron King/ WNPR)
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Charcoal is one of the most ordinary things you can think of, but its story wasn’t always confined to American grills and backyards.

For a long time, the brick was the lifeblood of the Northeast's iron industry. It fueled furnaces that manufactured everything from weapons of war to iron train wheels.

As Patrick Skahill (@ptskahill) from Here & Now contributor WNPR reports, you can find that history scattered all over Connecticut woods.

This segment aired on December 7, 2016.

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