Cumberland Gap in Claiborne County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
All the ingredients needed to make iron were nearby: iron-ore deposits close to the surface, limestone, abundant firewood to be made into charcoal for fuel, and waterpower to run the air bellows and a massive hammer mill. Some iron made here was sold to local blacksmiths. Some of the 150-pound ingots or "pigs" were shipped down the Powell River to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces series list.
Location. 36° 36.087′ N, 83° 40.09′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, in Claiborne Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland Gap TN 37724, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Three States Cornerstone (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cumberland Gap (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harrow School (approx. ¼ mile away); Named for a British Lord (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia); A Maze of Mountains (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia); Powell's Valley (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia); Generations Have Enjoyed this View (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia); Boundaries Settled (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Gap.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on March 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.