Greenup in Greenup County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Buffalo Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
A major producer of iron in the Hanging Rock Region 1851-75, an important Union Army supplier in Civil War. Built by H. Hollister and Ross. Stone stack originally was 36 ½ feet high, with a steam powered air blast. Employing about 150 men, it could produce 15 tons in 24 hours. Pig iron was shipped by steamboat on Ohio River.
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.
Erected 1966 by Kentucky Historical Society-Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 976.)
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1791.
Location. 38° 28.782′ N, 82° 53.268′ W. Marker is in Greenup, Kentucky, in Greenup County. Memorial is at the intersection of Main Road and Warehouse Road on Main Road. The marker is located in Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenup KY 41144, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Greenup County's Crowning Jewel (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grave of Lucy Virgin Downs (approx. 2.8 miles away); Laurel Furnace / Iron Made In Kentucky (approx. 2.8 miles away); Greenup Association of Baptists (approx. 2.8 miles away); E. K. Railway (approx. 3.2 miles away); Pennsylvania Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3.3 miles away); Oldtown Covered Bridge (approx. 3.3 miles away).
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