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Near Hopewell in Greenup County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Hopewell Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
Hopewell Furnace side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2018
1. Hopewell Furnace side of marker
Inscription.  
Hopewell Furnace. In 1824 William Ward built here a bloomery forge, converting it, 1832-33, to a blast furnace, also known as Camp Branch Furnace. Air blast was water-powered. In 1838 this stone stack made 600 tons of ore, and burning 165,000 bushels of charcoal fuel. Operations ceased in 1844.

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 1968 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways, and Armco Steel Corp. (Marker Number 1143.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural 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 1824.
 
Location.
Iron Made in Kentucky side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2018
2. Iron Made in Kentucky side of marker
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38° 24.878′ N, 82° 53.994′ W. Marker is near Hopewell, Kentucky, in Greenup County. Marker is on Kentucky Route 1 north of Big Lost Creek Road (Kentucky Route 784), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenup KY 41144, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grave of Lucy Virgin Downs (within shouting distance of this marker); Laurel Furnace / Iron Made In Kentucky (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Grave of Lucy Virgin Downs (approx. 1.8 miles away); E. K. Railway – Hunnewell (approx. 2.9 miles away); Pactolus Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 4 miles away); Greenup County's Crowning Jewel (approx. 4½ miles away); Buffalo Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 4½ miles away); Greenbo Lake State Resort Park (approx. 4.6 miles away).
 
Hopewell Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2018
3. Hopewell Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
Iron Furnaces of Kentucky image. Click for more information.
via 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology, unknown
4. Iron Furnaces of Kentucky
30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology website entry
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4. submitted on March 11, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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Jun. 28, 2022