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Ivanhoe in Wythe County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Ivanhoe Furnace


— New River Trail State Park —

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By TeamOHE, July 24, 2020
1. Ivanhoe Furnace Marker
Inscription.  The abundant natural resources of Southwestern Virginia brought settlement and transportation to the area, helped supply wars, and provided the building blocks essential to a growing a nation.

Just over a hundred years ago this peaceful, forested tract of land held the Ivanhoe Furnace. The 19th century emblem for prosperity was smoke, and blast furnaces like Ivanhoe pumped out smoke 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Imagine working in excruciating heat with the roar of the blast in your ears and constant risk from deadly gas, molten metal and steam explosions: Dangerous and volatile, blast furnaces dotted the region and provided jobs, brought transportation and settlement and fueled the local economy.

(Left) This furnace, believed to be built by the Hendricks Brothers Company, went into blast the last of April 1882, producing ten tons of iron per day. It fell into poor conditions in the early 1910's and was shut down soon after.

(Above) A blast furnace is a huge, steel stack lined with refractory brick, where iron ore, coke and limestone are dumped into the top and preheated air is blasted into the bottom:

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By TeamOHE, July 24, 2020
2. Ivanhoe Furnace Marker
These materials are then converted into liquid iron. The hot melted ore is poured into a long tray with several smaller inlets off a main branch. The runner and its small offshoots is said to resemble a sow and piglets and is called pig iron.
Erected by New River Trail State Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 36° 50.267′ N, 80° 57.283′ W. Marker is in Ivanhoe, Virginia, in Wythe County. Marker can be reached from Riverview Road (Virginia Route 639) north of Ivanhoe Road, on the right when traveling north. Located near the Ivanhoe Trailer parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 294 Riverview Rd, Ivanhoe VA 24350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1901 Allis Chalmers Rock Crusher (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ivanhoe (about 600 feet away); To Mark The Site of The Lead Mines (approx. 1.9 miles away); Powering a Community (approx. 3.8 miles away); Fincastle County (approx. 4.4 miles away); The New River (approx. 4.9 miles away); Shot Tower at Jackson's Ferry (approx. 5.2 miles away); Jackson’s Ferry and Shot Tower (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ivanhoe.
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Ivanhoe Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 24, 2020
3. Ivanhoe Furnace Marker
 New River Trail State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Submitted on December 22, 2020.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 20, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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