Leitchfield in Edmonson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Nolin Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Also called Baker Furnace after its ironmaster, John H. Baker, was built in 1848, a mile north, by Craddock &. Co. The top of the stone stack, about 40 ft high originally, is still visible when water in the Nolin Reservoir is low. Using steam power, charcoal fuel, it produced pig iron, kettles andirons and other articles from local ore. Last blast in 1850.
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. Charcoal-furnace era ended in 1880s with depletion of ore and timber and use of modern methods. Over.
Erected 1971 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1396.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 37° 19.211′ N, 86° 14.09′ W. Marker is in Leitchfield, Kentucky, in Edmonson County. Marker is on Moutardier Road south of Oakland Hills Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1091 State Highway 2067, Bee Spring KY 42207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kyrock (approx. 5 miles away); Civil War Skirmish (approx. 8.9 miles away); Historic Entrance (approx. 9 miles away); County Named, 1825 (approx. 9.2 miles away); Marvel Mills Logan (approx. 9.9 miles away); “The Cedars” (approx. 10.7 miles away); Leitchfield Landmarks (approx. 11˝ miles away); Jack Thomas House (approx. 11˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leitchfield.
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