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Golden Pond in Trigg County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Laura Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
Laura Furnace Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
1. Laura Furnace Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.  
Laura Furnace
Site of one of several furnaces operated in the region between the rivers, now lakes. This one, Laura, built 1855 by Tennesseeans at cost of $40,000. Produced iron successfully, employing as many as 130, until Civil War forced it to close down. After the war it was in blast intermittently, but it could not be made profitable, was closed in 1872.

Iron Made In Kentucky
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 1966 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 998.)
 
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.
 
Location.
Laura Furnace Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
2. Laura Furnace Marker (Side 2)
36° 43.856′ N, 87° 59.877′ W. Marker is in Golden Pond, Kentucky, in Trigg County. Marker is on Forest Service Road 165, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located 1.5 miles south of Wrangler's Campground. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cadiz KY 42211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Drummer Boy at 7 (a few steps from this marker); Golden Pond (approx. 4.1 miles away); St. Joseph's Parish (approx. 4.1 miles away); Civil War Sniper (approx. 5.4 miles away); Great Western Furnace (approx. 6.4 miles away in Tennessee); a different marker also named Great Western Furnace (approx. 6.4 miles away in Tennessee); Jackson Purchase (approx. 7.8 miles away); Cherokee State Park (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden Pond.
 
Laura Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2019
3. Laura Furnace Marker
Laura Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2019
4. Laura Furnace Marker
Laura Furnace Marker is located on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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