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Near Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bear Spring Furnace

 
 
Bear Spring Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
1. Bear Spring Furnace Marker
Inscription.  Joseph and Robert Woods and Thomas Yeatman built the first charcoal cold-blast furnace here in 1830. It used brown hematite ore from local deposits. Destroyed by Union forces in 1862, the present stack was built in 1873, with a railroad to Tennessee Ridge, on the route of the present highway. Operations here were discontinued in 1901.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3C 30.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 36° 28.56′ N, 87° 45.149′ W. Marker is near Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on State Highway 49 one mile west of Cross Creek Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2419 TN 49, Dover TN 37058, 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. Withdrawal From Donelson (approx. 4.2 miles away); 13,000 Prisoners (approx. 4.8 miles away); Dover Hotel
Bear Spring Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
2. Bear Spring Furnace Marker
(approx. 4.8 miles away); C.S.A. Headquarters (approx. 4.8 miles away); Colonel Thomas J. Davidson's Brigade (approx. 4.8 miles away); Rice House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Surrender House (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Rice House (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .  Stewart County. Tennessee Iron Furnace Trail page on the history of Stewart County's iron industry, including the Bear Spring furnace. (Submitted on September 8, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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