Near McCalla in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
This important battery of charcoal blast furnaces ranked among the most productive in Alabama during the Civil War. The only three-furnace ironworks in the state during the war years, it was capable of producing 22 tons of pig iron a day for the Selma Arsenal and Gun Works.
Equipped with hot blast stoves and steam power to increase production, the Roupes Valley furnaces were among the most modern of their day. Experiments with red iron ore opened the door to iron manufacture in Birmingham.
A foundry and tan yard were also located here which made iron and leather products for the Confederate Army including kettles, ovens, hollow-ware, harness and canteens.
Furnace No. 1 was built by noted southern ironmaster Moses Stroup in 1859. William L. Sanders completed work on Furnaces 2 and 3 which went into blast in 1862-63 with financial assistance from the Confederate government.
This is also the site of one of Alabama’s first bloomery forges erected in 1830 by Daniel Hillman. It made horseshoes, plows, and other agricultural products. The location is considered the birthplace of the Birmingham Iron
No other place in Alabama made iron for as long as did these works prior to the Civil War.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 33° 14.874′ N, 87° 4.069′ W. Marker is near McCalla, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is located in the Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park across from the furnaces. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12632 Confederate Parkway, Mc Calla AL 35111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Site 1861-1865 (here, next to this marker); Fowler House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tannehill Furnaces (about 700 feet away); Eighth Iowa Cavalry (about 700 feet away); Blower House (approx. ¼ mile away); Pipe DL & CO 1889 (approx. ¼ mile away); Bessemer Sewer System (approx. ¼ mile away); "Hot Pot", Ensley Works (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McCalla.
Also see . . . Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. Park website homepage (Submitted on May 4, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,195 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 27, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.