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Near Lebanon Junction in Bullitt County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Belmont Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
Belmont Furnace Marker side image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
1. Belmont Furnace Marker side
Inscription.  
Belmont Furnace
Stone stack 500 yds. east, 33 ft. high originally, 10 ft. across inside. Built in 1844, perhaps by John H. Baker, rebuilt in 1853, it burned charcoal fuel, smelted iron ore from Cane Run. The air blast machinery was powered by steam. In six months of 1857, it produced 1140 tons of pig iron, shipped to Louisville, mainly for making nails.

Iron Made in Kentucky
A major producer since 1791, Ky. ranked 3rd in US in l830s, 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.
 
Erected 1968 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1136.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces
Iron Made in Kentucky Marker side image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
2. Iron Made in Kentucky Marker side
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, and the Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
 
Location. 37° 53.563′ N, 85° 41.937′ W. Marker is near Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, in Bullitt County. Marker is on Pioneer Drive one mile south of East Pioneer Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lebanon Junction KY 40150, 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. Stockade at Belmont (approx. ¼ mile away); Salt River Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 2.4 miles away); Action at Bardstown Junction (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lebanon Junction (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sherman Here (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mystery Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); Morgan - On To Ohio (approx. 6.4 miles away); Fort DeWolf (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon Junction.
 
Belmont Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
3. Belmont Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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