Susanna Kuo

Susanna Kuo is an independent historian and illustrator with a special interest in traditional crafts and industries. She helped lead the seven-year effort to preserve the Oswego Iron Furnace and has written extensively about the Oregon iron industry. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College, she holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University. Her website, “The Oregon Iron Chronicles,” is a compilation of 70 years of newspaper articles about the Oregon iron industry. (

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  • Oswego Iron Furnace

    The Oswego Iron Furnace, built in 1866 at the confluence of Oswego Creek and the Willamette River, just south of Portland, was the first iron furnace on the Pacific Coast. Between 1867 and 1885, it produced 42,000 tons of pig iron, sold as Oregon Iron to foundries in …

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