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Bardstown Junction in Bullitt County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Salt River Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
1. Salt River Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.  Stood one mile west. It was a stone stack 33 ft. high with a maximum inner diameter of 10 ft. Its fuel was charcoal, and its air blast machinery was driven by a steam engine, blowing preheated air through the stack. Built in 1832, perhaps by John H. Baker, it produced 700 to 800 tons of iron and castings annually until operations ended, 1853. See over. (Reverse) 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 1968 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1162.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 55.662′ N, 85° 42.126′ W.
Salt River Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
2. Salt River Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker (Side 2)
Marker is in Bardstown Junction, Kentucky, in Bullitt County. Marker is at the intersection of Preston Highway (Kentucky Route 61) and Beech Grove Road (County Route 1494), on the left when traveling north on Preston Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdsville KY 40165, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Action at Bardstown Junction (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stockade at Belmont (approx. 2.2 miles away); Morgan - On To Ohio (approx. 4 miles away); L & N Bridge - Civil War (approx. 4 miles away); Adam Shepherd (approx. 4.2 miles away); County Named, 1796 (approx. 4.3 miles away); Bullitt County Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); Alma Wallace Lesch (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Salt River Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 5, 2018
3. Salt River Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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