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Mountain Brook in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Wallace S. McElwain / Irondale Furnace Ruins

 
 
Wallace S. McElwain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 6, 2008
1. Wallace S. McElwain Marker
Inscription.
Wallace S. McElwain
(1832-1888)
McElwain trained in a gun factory in New York and in a foundry in Ohio before moving to Holly Springs, MS, where he operated Jones, McElwain and Company Iron Foundry. He was well known in the Southeast for his beautiful cast iron designs, which still adorn many buildings in the French Quarter in New Orleans. After the Civil War began, he received the first order for the production of rifles and cannons from the Confederacy. He moved his operations to Jefferson County when Union forces approached Holly Springs. He died in Chattanooga, TN.

Irondale Furnace Ruins
(1863-1873)
This blast furnace was built in 1863 by Wallace S. McElwain under contract to the Confederate Government to supply pig iron to the arsenal in Selma. Facility encompassed 2,146 acres and included an ore mine, quarry, tramway, foundry, blacksmiths' shops, stables, and employee housing. Destroyed March 29, 1865 by the Fourth Iowa Veteran Volunteers, it was rebuilt in 1866 and operated until 1873. First iron furnace in Alabama to go back into operation after the Civil War. Located 1/4 mile southwest of here. Renovated 2006.
 
Erected 1993 by Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society / Memory of Elmer C Thuston.
 
Location.
Irondale Furnace Ruins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 6, 2008
2. Irondale Furnace Ruins Marker
33° 30.414′ N, 86° 43.596′ W. Marker is in Mountain Brook, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Stone River Road north of Old Leeds Lane, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Stone River Road is off of Old Leeds Road. From Interstate 20 at Exit 135 the Old Leeds Road Exit, travel south on Old Leeds Road for 4.16 miles. Turn right onto Stone River Road, the marker is located on the left at the foot of a bridge about 0.8 miles after making the turn from of Old Leeds Road. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oldest House In Shades Valley / Irondale Furnace Commissary (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alabama Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mountain Brook (approx. 1.7 miles away); Canterbury United Methodist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Forest Park (approx. 2.4 miles away); Robert Jemison, Jr. (1878-1974) / The Old Mill (1927) (approx. 2.6 miles away); King's Spring (approx. 2.7 miles away); "Lest We Forget" (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mountain Brook.
 
More about this marker. The marker stands at the entrance to the Irondale Furnace Park. A trail leads to the furnace site about a quarter of mile walk from the marker.
 
Also see . . .
Wallace S. McElwain & Irondadale Furnace Ruins Marker on Stone River Road image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 4, 2010
3. Wallace S. McElwain & Irondadale Furnace Ruins Marker on Stone River Road

1. Descendants of Wallace Scott McElwain. In depth story of the life and the businesses of Wallace McElwain. (Submitted on January 7, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.) 

2. Irondale Furnace History from the Alabama Ironworks Source Book. (Submitted on January 8, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Irondale Furnace after the Civil War. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 4, 2010
4. Irondale Furnace after the Civil War.
Irondale Furnace Today image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 4, 2010
5. Irondale Furnace Today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,671 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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