Ironton in Lawrence County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
City of Ironton
In 1849, the city of Ironton was founded by local ironmasters, railroaders, and financiers associated with the Ohio Iron and Coal Company. They saw the city as a manufacturing and shipping point for their products. As a young industrial city, Ironton prospered when river transportation facilitated the development and export of Lawrence County's natural resources and manufactured items. The Iron Railroad Company was also established to transport pig iron and manufactured goods from nearby towns to Ironton, to awaiting steamboats on the Ohio River. Steamboats, in the form of towboats, packet boats, and showboats, traveled the river providing the city with goods, services, and entertainment. The Ironton wharf and boat landing once served the community as a gathering place to greet incoming passengers, receive mail, and hear the latest news.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Tall Stacks, Inc., and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-44.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 38° 32.148′ N, 82° 41.28′ W. Marker is in Ironton, Ohio, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Ohio Riverfront Park, on the right when traveling north. Entrance to the park is through the floodwall gate at the west end of Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ironton OH 45638, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hanging Rock Iron Region / The Blast Furnaces of Lawrence County (approx. ¼ mile away); Unger's Shoes (approx. ¼ mile away); Ironton - Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade (approx. ¼ mile away); John Campbell Memorial Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Tanks Memorial Stadium Opening Day Nov. 25, 1926 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ironton Tanks / Tanks Memorial Stadium (approx. 1.2 miles away); Amanda Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 1.4 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ironton.
Also see . . .
1. City of Ironton History. (Submitted on October 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ironton, Ohio. (Submitted on October 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Articles about Ironton, Ohio. (Submitted on October 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.