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Low Moor in Alleghany County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2015
1. Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens Marker
Inscription.  Here stand the earliest coke ovens of the Low Moor Iron Company (organized 1873). The ovens converted coal to coke to fuel the company’s blast furnace. The company built more than a hundred such ovens in 1881. By 1923 the Low Moor Iron Company employed 1,600 workers in Virginia and West Virginia, could produce 75 tons of foundry iron a day, and supported the company town of Low Moor. The last survivor among Alleghany County’s once-thriving ironworks, the company closed in 1926.
 
Erected 1991 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number D-33.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1881.
 
Location. 37° 47.618′ N, 79° 53.071′ W. Marker is in Low Moor, Virginia, in Alleghany County. Marker is on Winterbury Avenue NE (Road F-205) north of Exit 21 (Interstate 64), on the right when traveling east. It is on the frontage road to I-64. Take Exit 21 north, away from Low
Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2015
2. Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens Marker
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Moor, then turn right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Low Moor VA 24457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Oakland Presbyterian Church (approx. 1˝ miles away); Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away); Jackson River Depot (approx. 1˝ miles away); C&O Railroad Shops (approx. 2.8 miles away); Masonic Theatre (approx. 3.6 miles away); Averell’s Salem Raid (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Low Moor.
 
Also see . . .  Low Moor Iron Company - Historical Sketches. (Submitted on June 3, 2015.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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