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Buckeye Furnace in Jackson County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Buckeye Furnace (1851 - 1894)

 
 
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By TeamOHE, October 23, 2020
1. Buckeye Furnace (1851 - 1894) Marker
Inscription.  
Buckeye Furnace was the second charcoal-fueled iron furnace to be built along Raccoon Creek. The furnace, constructed in 1851 by Thomas Price, was financed by Newkirk, Daniels, and Company under the name of Buckeye Furnace Company. In its early years, during a forty two-week blast period Buckeye Furnace produced an average of 7.3 tons of iron daily. Later construction increased the height of the stone stack and raised the output of the furnace to twelve tons per day.

In 1862, the company was sold to H. S. Bundy, who operated it for two years and then sold it to Terry, Auston, and Company. In 1867, a group of Welshmen bought the company and ran the furnace until 1894, when operations ceased.

Buckeye Furnace represents the transformation of the United States from a small agricultural nation to an industrial giant. Opening in 1851, the furnace used time-tested methods and technology. Buckeye Furnace closed in 1894 because the company could no longer produce the quantity of iron necessary to stay competitive with coke-fueled furnaces.

Industry
Buckeye Furnace employed about 100 men at full production.

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By TeamOHE, October 23, 2020
2. Buckeye Furnace (1851 - 1894) Marker
They came from the eastern United States, England, Wales, and Germany. Forty of these men had jobs near or at the furnace and office. The rest worked in the surrounding area,mining iron ore and limestone, cutting down trees, hauling the raw materials to the furnace, and the finished iron to the railroad. With their families, nearly 500 people lived in the area around the furnace.

Buckeye Furnace is a monument to the American iron industry workers whose backbreaking labor helped build a prosperous and powerful nation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces series list.
 
Location. 39° 3.283′ N, 82° 27.517′ W. Marker is in Buckeye Furnace, Ohio, in Jackson County. Marker is on Buckeye Park Road (County Road 167) 0.2 miles north of Buckeye Road (County Road 165), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 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. Hanging Rock Region (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Scales (within shouting distance of this marker); Furnace Communities (within shouting distance

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By TeamOHE, October 23, 2020
3. Buckeye Furnace (1851 - 1894) Marker
of this marker); Buckeye Furnace Covered Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casting (about 700 feet away); Labor At Charcoal Iron Furnace (about 700 feet away); Shipment Of Iron (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckeye Furnace.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 10, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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