Caney Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Stood five miles south. This stone stack, built 1837-38 by Harrison Connor and Joshua Ewing, Sr., was among first iron furnaces west of the Alleghenies to be equipped with a hot-blast oven, a device to preheat the air blown through the stack. Charcoal-fueled and steam-powered, it operated until 1849, and made iron again briefly in 1857-58.
Iron Made in Kentucky
A major producer since 1791, Ky. ranked 3rd in US in 1830s, 11th in 1965. Charcoal timber, native ore, limestone supplied material for numerous furnaces making pig iron, utensils, munitions in the Hanging Rock, Red River, Between Rivers, Rolling Fork, Green River Regions. Old charcoal furnace era ended by depletion of ore and timber and the growth of railroads. See over.
Erected 1969 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1226.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 7.981′ N, 83° 34.649′ W. Marker is in Midland, Kentucky, in Bath County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Old River Road, on the left when traveling west on U.S. 60. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lick KY 40371, United States of America.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.