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Near Rush in Carter County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Star Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
Star Furnace side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
1. Star Furnace side of marker
Inscription.  Built in 1848 by A. McCullough and Lampton Brothers. Its stone stack was 36 feet high. 11½ feet across inside at widest point, and burned “stone coal” rather than charcoal. It was served by its own railroad spur. In 1866 it produced 2600 tons of iron, 1958 tons in 1871. The last blast was in 1874.

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 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways, presented by Armco Steel Corp. (Marker Number 1018.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. In addition, it
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is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
 
Location. 38° 21.189′ N, 82° 47.99′ W. Marker is near Rush, Kentucky, in Carter County. Marker is on U.S. 60 just west of Clay Hollow Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rush KY 41168, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Princess Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3.8 miles away); Buena Vista Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3.9 miles away); E. K. Railway – Hunnewell (approx. 4.9 miles away); Clinton Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 6.8 miles away); Hopewell Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 6.9 miles away); Grave of Lucy Virgin Downs (approx. 6.9 miles away); Mount Savage Furnace (approx. 7.3 miles away); Pactolus Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
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
Star Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
3. Star Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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