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

Enterprise Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
Enterprise Furnace side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
1. Enterprise Furnace side of marker
Inscription.  Enterprise Furnace stood 6 miles south. Built, 1826, by Richard Deering, James McCoy and Jacob Clingman, on the site of a bloomery forge erected in 1824. Its air blast was operated by water power, and it burned charcoal fuel, producing as much as 6 tons of iron daily, mostly cast into utensils. Not in blast after 1833.

Iron Made in Kentucky. A major producer since 1781, Kentucky ranked 3rd in U.S. in 1838s, 11th in 1965. Charcoal timber, native ore, and limestone supplied material from numerous furnaces making pig iron, utensils, munitions in 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 and Kentucky Department of Highways, presented by Armco Steel Corp. (Marker Number 1147.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. In addition,
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it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1826.
 
Location. 38° 43.75′ N, 82° 55.667′ W. Marker is near South Shore, Kentucky, in Greenup County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Little Rocky Road (Kentucky Route 1043), on the right when traveling east on U.S. 23. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Shore KY 41175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Honorable Vern Riffe (1925 - 1997) (approx. 1.8 miles away in Ohio); War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away in Ohio); Spartan Municipal Stadium (approx. 2.7 miles away in Ohio); Sciotoville Bridge (approx. 3 miles away in Ohio); Civil War Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away in Ohio); The Crossing at Scioto County / The Underground Railroad (approx. 3.7 miles away in Ohio); Scioto County KIA-MIA Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away in Ohio); Bigelow Church (approx. 3.8 miles away in Ohio).
 
Iron Made in Kentucky side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
2. Iron Made in Kentucky side of marker
Enterprise Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
3. Enterprise Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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