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Cumberland Gap in Claiborne County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Iron Furnace

 
 
Iron Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 29, 2011
1. Iron Furnace Marker
Inscription. From the early 1820s to the 1880s, an iron smelting business here took advantage of the rushing waters of Gap Creek. Today only the creek and part of the original 30-foot-high stone tower remain, a small part of an industrial complex of buildings, slag heaps, and machinery then called the Newlee Iron Furnace.

All the ingredients needed to make iron were nearby: iron-ore deposits close to the surface, limestone, abundant firewood to be made into charcoal for fuel, and waterpower to run the air bellows and a massive hammer mill. Some iron made here was sold to local blacksmiths. Some of the 150-pound ingots or "pigs" were shipped down the Powell River to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 36.087′ N, 83° 40.09′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, in Claiborne County. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland Gap TN 37724, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Three States Cornerstone (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cumberland Gap (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harrow School (approx. ¼ mile away); Named for a British Lord
Iron Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 29, 2011
2. Iron Furnace Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia); A Maze of Mountains (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia); Powell's Valley (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia); Generations Have Enjoyed this View (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia); Boundaries Settled (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Cumberland Gap.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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