New Marker Placed At Site Of World’s Largest Leather Tannery

Potter County Today

E. O. Austin Historical Society has installed another historical marker, this one at the site of what was once the biggest leather tannery in the world, located in the southern Potter County village of Costello. Property owners Larry and Joanie Tilburg were proud to have the site recognized. The only remnant of the tannery is a section of its stone foundation.

Earlier this year, the E. O. Austin Historical Society erected a marker at the site of the Bayless Pulp and Paper Mill, off Rt. 872, between Austin and the ruins of a dam that the Bayless company built in 1910-11 to impound water to operate its plant.  Additional markers are planned for significant sites in the coming months.

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