Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Illinois Iron Furnace
A Blast From The Past
Outstanding in Its Field
Built in 1837, the Illinois Iron Furnace was one of only two iron furnaces in the Shawnee Hills of southern Illinois. Using a charcoal-blast method, it produced high-quality iron that commanded the highest market price.
Stops and Starts
Although there was an urgent need for iron during the Civil War, the lack of men to work the furnace forced it to close in 1861. It came to life, again, in 1872 though was used only sporadically.
The End of an Era
Operation of the furnace became unprofitable as iron production techniques advanced and richer ore fields were discovered in the Great Lakes Region. The last furnace fires flickered and died in 1883.
Protecting the Past for the Future
Our nation's historic sites are protected by the Antiquities Act of 1906. In 1973, the Iron Furnace was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Preserving our historic
Revitalized Once More
The structure you see before you is a reconstruction built in 1967. It is solid, filled with rubble and concrete. The original furnace was only partially dismantled in the 1930s to supply rock for the embankments of the Hog Thief Creek Bridge.
Rebuilt and enlarged in 1856, the furnace reached 32 feet in height.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 29.955′ N, 88° 19.679′ W. Marker is in Elizabethtown, Illinois, in Hardin County. Marker is on County Road 750E N north of County Route 12, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elizabethtown IL 62931, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fueling The Furnace (a few steps from this marker); A Community Comes Alive (a few steps from this marker); The Elizabethtown First Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Fluorite Mining (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Ohio River Scenic Byway (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Cave (approx. 9.1 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 9.1 miles away); Geologic Wonder (approx. 9½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabethtown.
Also see . . . Illinois Iron Furnace Historic Site. Shawnee National Forest. USDA Forest Service (Submitted on December 2, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2020, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2020, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.