Near Princess in Boyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Buena Vista Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Buena Vista Furnace Built by William Foster and Co. in 1847, 2¼ miles west, named for Mexican War battle that year. It was an important factor in the Hanging Rock iron industry until dismantled in 1876. Its 1874 production was 4113 tons. Stone stack was 40 feet high with a maximum inner diameter of 10 feet and burned charcoal.
Iron Made in Kentucky. A major producer since 1791, Kentucky ranked 3rd is U.S. 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, and Green River Regions. Old charcoal furnace era ended by depletion of ore and timber and the growth of railroads.
Erected 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways, and Armco Steel Corp. (Marker Number 1010.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. In addition, Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
Location. 38° 24.052′ N, 82° 45.636′ W. Marker is near Princess, Kentucky, in Boyd County. Marker is at the intersection of Kentucky Route 5 and Straight Creek Road, on the left when traveling north on State Route 5. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland KY 41101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Princess Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 1.2 miles away); Clinton Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3.3 miles away); Star Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3.9 miles away); Boyd County War Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); E. K. Railway Hunnewell (approx. 4.7 miles away); Greenup Association of Baptists (approx. 6.1 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); Putnam Stadium (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.