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Little Joe Tower

  • Little Joe Tower Chestnut St
    Corning, NY 14830

Built in 1912, this tower was originally used to manufacture thermometer tubing. The tubes were produced by using the "vertical draw" process, where skilled technicians and glassworkers formed molten glass batches, and then stretched them to the top of the Little Joe Tower using a cable system. This formed a long, continuous tube of hot glass. After cooling, the tubes were cut to desired lengths for thermometers. Today, it stands as a historical landmark in Corning’s skyline and a prominent icon throughout the city. Watch a short historical documentary - Corning Little Joe Tube Tower.

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