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Near St. James in Phelps County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Maramec Iron Works

 
 
Maramec Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2020
1. Maramec Iron Works Marker
Inscription.  
Here stood the historic Maramec Iron Works, completed in 1829. Fueled by charcoal from the surrounding forest, powered by the nearby Maramec Spring. By the middle of the century this former tribal land of the Shawnees was one of Phelps County's principal settlements. Following the death of Lucy Wortham James in 1938. The James Foundation was created to effectuate her hope that Maramec's beauty be kept "unmarred" and "open to the enjoyment of the people".

Maramec Iron Works has been designated an historical landmark by ASM International. The Maramec Iron Works began operations on this site in 1829. Founded by Thomas James, it operated until 1878, producing cast iron implements and household goods that contributed greatly to the civilization and industrialization of the western frontier.
 
Erected by The James Foundation, and ASM International.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
Maramec Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2020
2. Maramec Iron Works Marker
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War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the ASM International Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
 
Location. 37° 57.379′ N, 91° 32.085′ W. Marker is near St. James, Missouri, in Phelps County. Marker can be reached from Maramec Spring Drive north of Highway 8. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21880 Maramec Spring Dr, Saint James MO 65559, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Furnace Shelter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bloomery Forge Trip Hammer (about 400 feet away); "Dunmoor" Lintels (about 400 feet away); Two-Wheeled Charcoal Barrow (about 500 feet away); Wagon Rim Shaper (about 500 feet away); Anchony-Chaffery Hammer (about 500 feet away); Suspension Railroad Drop Bucket (about 500 feet away); Rainbows & Browns (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. James.
 
Also see . . .
1. Maramec Iron Works National Register District Nomination Form. (Submitted on October 14, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Maramec Iron Works (Ludwig, 1977). (Submitted on October 14, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. How Iron Was Made (Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site). (Submitted on October 14, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Maramec Iron Works Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2020
3. Maramec Iron Works Markers

4. Maramec Spring Park History. (Submitted on October 14, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. ASM Historical Landmarks. (Submitted on October 14, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Maramec Iron Works Furnace image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2020
4. Maramec Iron Works Furnace
Maramec Iron Works Diorama image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2020
5. Maramec Iron Works Diorama
The Furnace & Casting House is center-right. Only the stone Furnace remains; the Casting House no longer exists.
Maramec Iron Works Furnace Diorama image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2020
6. Maramec Iron Works Furnace Diorama
Maramec Spring Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 19, 2020
7. Maramec Spring Park Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 14, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   7. submitted on October 13, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 25, 2022