Near Ashland in Greenup County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Bellefonte Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Bellefonte Furnace. The 96th blast furnace built in Hanging Rock Region since 1818. Considered most highly perfected in existence when erected, 1942, by Armco Steel Corp., with hearth 25 feet across, producing 1000 tons of iron daily, later increased to 2600 tons, with 28¾ foot hearth. Named for pioneer charcoal-fueled furnace a mile south.
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 1149.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 Russell Rd, Ashland KY 41101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A First in Steel (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Bellefonte Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 0.9 miles away); Amanda Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ironton Tanks / Tanks Memorial Stadium (approx. 1.8 miles away in Ohio); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tanks Memorial Stadium Opening Day Nov. 25, 1926 (approx. 1.8 miles away in Ohio); Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's Graveyard Quilt Top (approx. 2.2 miles away); Ashland Veterans Mural (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
Regarding Bellefonte Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky. Iron (and steel) are still made right here in sight of this marker at the Ashland Works of AK Steel, the latest name for the American Rolling Mill Company (Armco). This facility opened in 1922.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.