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Kuttawa in Lyon County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

New Union Forge / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
New Union Forge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 13, 2018
1. New Union Forge Marker
Inscription.
New Union Forge

Stood ¼ mile SE. Built 1846-47 on site of older facilities by Wm. Kelly to process pig iron from nearby blast furnaces. Kettles to refine sugar, boiler-plate iron among products. Here Kelly began to develop the so-called Bessemer steel-making process, for which he received the patent. Closed in 1857. Chas. Anderson laid out the town of Kuttawa here in 1870.

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 1970 by the Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1332.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 3.477′ N, 88° 6.784′ W. Marker is in Kuttawa, Kentucky, in Lyon County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Barkley Road (Kentucky Route 295) and
Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Mr & Mrs Wendell Vaughn (aka ReedKyCacheFinders), October 31, 2010
2. Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
1st Street, on the right when traveling east on Lake Barkley Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Lake Barkley Road, Kuttawa KY 42055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kelly Kettle (approx. 1.3 miles away); Crittenden Lyon (approx. 2½ miles away); Matthew Lyon (approx. 2½ miles away); Andrew Jackson Smith (approx. 2.7 miles away); Lyon County, 1854 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mineral Mound (approx. 2.8 miles away); Suwanee Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Andrew Jackson Smith (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kuttawa.
 
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Direction of the New Union Forge near Lake Barkley. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 13, 2018
3. Direction of the New Union Forge near Lake Barkley.
New Union Forge Marker at intersection of Lake Barkley Drive & 1st Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 13, 2018
4. New Union Forge Marker at intersection of Lake Barkley Drive & 1st Street.
William Kelly, inventor. image. Click for full size.
By Public domain
5. William Kelly, inventor.
 
 
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 52 times since then and 4 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.
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