Derby Landmark Disappearing

Birmingham Iron Foundry with long-gone Birmingham Canal in foreground
Photo from the Derby Historical Society

Starting in 1836 the Birmingham Iron Foundry and its successor organizations occupied a prominent place in the economy of the city of Derby. However, in 1997 Farrel's closed its doors for good and is nothing but a fond memory as it was torn down to make way for a Home Depot store.. 

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Gone, but not forgotten!

Photos from Randy Ritter - click for larger images

But lest anyone forget, generations of Valley families passed through the imposing set of buildings producing heavy machinery used in the rubber and plastics industry around the globe. During the Civil War they turned out bayonets and rifle barrels. Though the Derby facility is now gone, Farrel's continues to exist with its headquarters in Ansonia.     

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