State Park Place in Hardin County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Community Comes Alive
Imagine this peaceful site abuzz with activity! It took about 40 men to keep the furnace "in blast” and many more to support the workers and their families, creating the furnace community.
At the Break of Day
The village sprang to life with the hustle and bustle of farmhands heading to the fields, laborers setting off toward the hills, children walking to school, and women washing laundry. The general store, hotel, and post office hummed with activity.
At the Furnace
Thick smoke incessantly billowed from the furnace stack. Laborers headed in while others Founders and keepers directed fillers and moulders. Carpenters, blacksmiths, and engineers kept equipment running. Overseeing all was the owner, or ironmaster, Mr. Chalon Guard.
At the Heart
All the while, the ceaseless waterwheel powered the large bellows up and down, driving the furnace fire hotter and hotter. The community moved to the rhythm of the bellows and roar of the fire, heard day and night-the heartbeat of this lively little town.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 37° 29.95′ N, 88° 19.667′ W. Marker is in State Park Place, Illinois, in Hardin County. Marker is on County Road 750E 0.1 miles north of County Road 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 (here, next to this marker); Illinois Iron Furnace (a few steps from this marker); The Elizabethtown First Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Fluorite Mining (approx. 5.4 miles away); Rosiclare: The Fluorite Center of Hardin County, the United States and the World (approx. 5.6 miles away); Mine It, Mill It, Ship It (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Cave (approx. 9.1 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 9.1 miles away).
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