Drakesboro in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Airdrie Furnace Site / Iron Made in Kentucky
East 5 miles. Furnace, 55 ft. high, and stone machinery house built by Robert Alexander, 1855. Brought in Scottish workers, unfamiliar with American ores. Never produced any salable iron. Alexander named town of Airdrie for his Scottish home. Incorporated, 1858. Union Gen. Don Carlos Buell lived there, 1866-98. His plan for industrial city at Airdrie never materialized. Over.
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 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1086.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce Natural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 37° 13.184′ N, 87° 2.765′ W. Marker is in Drakesboro, Kentucky, in Muhlenberg County. Marker is on John Prine Avenue (U.S. 431) north of East Mose Rager Avenue (State Route 176), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 John Prine Avenue, Drakesboro KY 42337, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capt. Henry Rhoads, Jr. (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Greenville Cemetery (approx. 7.2 miles away); Jonathan E. Spilman (approx. 7.4 miles away); Muhlenberg County (approx. 7.4 miles away); Revolutionary War Soldiers (approx. 7.4 miles away); Battle of New Orleans (approx. 7.4 miles away); Forrest Reconnoitered (approx. 7.4 miles away); George Short House / George W. Short (1805-1863) (approx. 7.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Photos of Airdrie furnace. (Submitted on September 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 558 times since then and 157 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.