Kuttawa in Lyon County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Suwanee Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Built by 1851, 200 yds. NW, by William Kelly, whose experiments there perfected his invention of the so-called Bessemer method of making steel, for which Kelly was granted the patent. The blast furnace was a brick stack 35 ft. high, 10 ft. maximum inner width, steam-powered, charcoal fueled. Made 1700 tons of iron in 1857, its last year. See other side.
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 1970 by the Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1327.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 2.952′ N, 88° 10.02′ W. Marker is in Kuttawa, Kentucky, in Lyon County. Marker is on Kentucky Route 810 near U.S. 62, on the right when traveling south Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kuttawa KY 42055, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kelly Kettle (approx. 2.1 miles away); New Union Forge / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3 miles away); Iron Made in Kentucky / Grand River Furnace (approx. 5.1 miles away); Andrew Jackson Smith (approx. 5.3 miles away); Lyon County, 1854 (approx. 5.3 miles away); Crittenden Lyon (approx. 5.4 miles away); Matthew Lyon (approx. 5.4 miles away); Mineral Mound (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kuttawa.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 23, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 2. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 23, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.