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Bishop, J. Leander (John Leander), 1820-1868 / A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 : exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution ; and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of each decennial census
Volume 3 (1868)

Manufactures of Rochester,   pp. 258-265


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UTICA MANUFACTORIES.
effected in putting them together. Not long since, at the Arsenal at
Bridesburg, Penn., 20,000 of Maynard's Priming Locks, of Remington's
make, were fitted to old musket barrels, which had been rifled, and as
Major Hagner, the Superintendent, has certified, with an economy of
labor that was a marked advantage.
The result which usually attends an unwavering determination to pro-
duce nothing but good mechanism, combined with a genius for improve-
ment and invention, is illustrated in the growth, progress, and present
extent of this establishment. Tihe Armory occupies two acres of ground,
and the buildings, some of them four stories in height, have a frontage
of 400 feet. Within the last two years large additions have been made
not only to the structure, but especially to its resources in machinery
Both steam and water power are employed in driving the machinery.
Several steam engines are used upon the promises, the largest of which
is of one hundred and fifty horse power, a second of fifty horse power,
and a third of twenty-five horse power, with other smaller engines.
Overshot, breast, and several Turbine wheels are also employed. Each
process has its appropriate apartment-the aggregate comprising the
welding and forging room, the lock and limb finishing room, the barrel
room, the stocking room, the machine shop, the polishing room, and in%
specting room ; and each presents a scene of constant and interesting
activity. From 600 to 700 men are employed in these works. This firm
have also a branch of their Armory at Utica, N. Y., employing about
200 men in the manufacture of tteir Army Revolver.
The capacity of Messrs. Remington's establishment for the manufac-
ture of firearms amounts at present to 150 Rifles and 500 Revolvers per
day of the various kinds, which in the course of a year would be nearly
50,000 stand of arms, and upward of 150,000 revolvers. It is therefore,
at the present time, one of the nation's resources on which the Govern-
ment can rely with confidence for weapons with which to defend its
existence and annihilate its foes.
At UTICA, which is 95 miles from Albany, is a large and probably
the oldest manufactory of French Burr Stones in the United States,
known as HART & MUNSON'S MILL STONE MANUFACTORY. It was
established by Mr. A. Munson, an uncle of one of the present pro-
prietors, in 1825.  Its claims to distinction, however, do not rest
upon the fact of its antiquity, but upon the many new and valuable im-
provements which the firm have made in the manufacture of machinery
appertaining to the furnishing and complete equipment of a modern
mill. Mr. E. Munson, of this firm, is a practical millwright, and has
made the interest with which he is connected his debtor by the many
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