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Murphy in Cherokee County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Water Powered 500 Pound Hammer

 
 
Water Powered 500 Pound Hammer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 20, 2016
1. Water Powered 500 Pound Hammer Marker
Inscription.  
Water powered
500 pound hammer
from Lovingood
Bloomery Forge on
Hangingdog Creek
1840 — 1890

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 35° 5.202′ N, 84° 1.986′ W. Marker is in Murphy, North Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Alpine Street, on the right when traveling north on Peachtree Street. Located in front of the Cherokee County Historical Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 87 Peachtree Street, Murphy NC 28906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nuya Saligugi (here, next to this marker); Unicoi Turnpike Trail (here, next to this marker); Cherokee Heritage Trails (a few steps from this marker); Prison Cell Door (a few steps from this marker); Cherokee War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harshaw Chapel and Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Cherokee County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Trail of Tears (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murphy.
 
Regarding Water Powered 500 Pound Hammer.
The 500 Pound Hammer. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 20, 2016
2. The 500 Pound Hammer.
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The brown hematite ores of Cherokee County, which occur in the Cambrian rocks, were worked in forges as early as 1840, supplying the surrounding country with bar iron. The Lovingood Bloomery Forge, situated on Hanging Dog creek 2 miles above Fain forge, had two fires and one hammer, made in 1856, and supplied about 13 tons of bars.
 
The 500 pound hammer in front of the Cherokee Historical Museum (next to flagpole). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 20, 2016
3. The 500 pound hammer in front of the Cherokee Historical Museum (next to flagpole).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Aug. 16, 2022