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Ravenna in Estill County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Red River Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
Red River Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frank Profitt, March 20, 2021
1. Red River Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
Inscription.  

Red River Iron Works
Blackstone and Chandler Furnaces, a single stone structure 60 ft. high, 40 x 60 ft. Twin stacks 50 ft. high, 12 ½ ft. across inside. Three miles north. Built in 1869 by Sam Worthley, designed by Fred Fitch, with steam-powered air blast, burning charcoal. Operated until 1874, producing 16,072 tons of iron. Fitchburg, chartered in 1871, no longer exists. See over.

Reverse:
Iron Made in Kentucky
A major producer since 1791, Ky. ranked 3rd in US in 1830s, 11th in 1965. Charcoal timber, native ore, limestone supplied material for numerous furnaces making pig iron, utensils, munitions in the Hanging Rock, Red River, Between Rivers, Rolling Fork, Green River Regions. Old charcoal furnace era ended by depletion of ore and timber and the growth of railroads.
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Erected 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1054.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce
Red River Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frank Profitt, March 20, 2021
2. Red River Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
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Location. 37° 41.326′ N, 83° 51.525′ W. Marker is in Ravenna, Kentucky, in Estill County. Marker is on Tipton Ridge Road (U.S. 52) just east of Cobhill-Patsey Pilot Road (Kentucky Route 1182), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ravenna KY 40472, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fitchburg Furnace (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (approx. 3.1 miles away); Battle of Irvine (approx. 6.4 miles away); County Named, 1808 (approx. 6.4 miles away); Irvine (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Red River Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frank Profitt, March 20, 2021
3. Red River Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
The nearby Red River (Fitchburg) Furnace image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frank Profitt, March 20, 2021
4. The nearby Red River (Fitchburg) Furnace
The nearby Red River (Fitchburg) Furnace image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frank Profitt, March 20, 2021
5. The nearby Red River (Fitchburg) Furnace
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 22, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 29, 2022