Buckeye Furnace in Jackson County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The upper area of the furnace complex was known as the stockyard. Here, the raw materials were delivered, stockpiled, sorted, and graded.
When Buckeye Furnace was operating, this area bustled with activity as teamsters delivered and unloaded their cargoes of limestone, iron ore, and charcoal.
"There is no mistaking the fact that our timber is going … we have put off inspecting our national account until at last, in the matter of timber supply, we are but one step from bankruptcy."
As the forests vanished, the price of charcoal rose. By the 1880s, furnaces fueled by coke, a much cheaper fuel,
After the furnaces closed, the land was abandoned. During the last half of the twentieth century, the forests have returned. The new, young forest on this hilltop contains faster growing beech and maple trees than the mature growth that was destroyed. In time, more oaks will grow, and the forest will once again appear as it did in the early nineteenth century.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 39° 3.372′ N, 82° 27.414′ W. Marker is in Buckeye Furnace, Ohio, in Jackson County. Marker is on Buckeye Park Road (County Road 167) 0.2 miles north of Ridgeland Road (County Road 165), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Buckeye Park Rd, Wellston OH 45692, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stock Shed (here, next to this marker); Limestone (a few steps from this marker); Labor At Charcoal Iron Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipment Of Iron (within shouting distance of this marker); Engine House (within shouting distance of this marker); Charcoal (within shouting distance of this marker); Casting (within shouting distance of this marker); Raw Materials (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckeye Furnace.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 28, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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