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Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Paducah Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
Paducah Furnace side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 25, 2020
1. Paducah Furnace side of the marker
Inscription.  
Paducah Furnace
Built here 1889 by Paducah Iron Co., 70 ft. high with a maximum inner diameter of 14 ft. Rated annual capacity 30,000 tons of iron, using coke fuel. Operations began in 1900, smelting ore from Lyon, Trigg, Livingston Counties in Ky., and from Missouri. It was in blast intermittently until 1903, when the furnace ruptured. Razed 1907.

Iron Made in Kentucky
A major producer since 1791, Ky. ranked 3rd in US in 1830s, 1lth 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. Charcoal-furnace era ended in 1880s with depletion of ore and timber and use of modern methods.
 
Erected 1971 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1421.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces
Iron Made in Kentucky side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 25, 2020
2. Iron Made in Kentucky side of the marker
, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists.
 
Location. 37° 4.666′ N, 88° 35.445′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is at the intersection of South 3rd Street (Business U.S. 60) and Norton Street, on the left when traveling south on South 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 933 South 3rd Street, Paducah KY 42003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. Ed Murray's Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Burks Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cobb's Birth Site (approx. half a mile away); Global War on Terrorism Memorial (approx. half a mile away); 8th of August (approx. half a mile away); Dolly McNutt Plaza (approx. 0.6 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); McCracken County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
 
Paducah Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 25, 2020
3. Paducah Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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