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Iron Mountain in Dickinson County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Ardis Furnace

 
 
The Ardis Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
1. The Ardis Furnace Marker
south side of two sided marker
Inscription. Inventor John T. Jones of Iron Mountain recognized the economic potential of the low-grade iron ore of the Upper Peninsula. He developed a method for processing the ore and built an experimental furnace in 1908, named for his daughter Ardis, to test his new theory. The furnace, a huge metal tubed lined with firebrick, was placed on an incline and charged with ore. The whole device was rotated by electric motor, with iron suitable for mill use discharged from the lower end of the tube. The experiment was plagued with financial and mechanical problems, and by the close of World War I the Ardis was dismantled, Jones moving to other mining endeavors. Elements of the Jones method were later incorporated into successful processing operations for low-grade iron ores.
 
Erected 1972 by Michigan Historical Commission, Department of State. (Marker Number L0148.)
 
Location. 45° 50.239′ N, 88° 3.158′ W. Marker is in Iron Mountain, Michigan, in Dickinson County. Marker can be reached from North Stephenson Avenue (U.S. 2) mile south of Lake Antione Road. Touch for map. Marker is located behind the Comfort Inn. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1565 N Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain MI 49801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Ardis Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
2. The Ardis Furnace Marker
north side of two sided marker
At least 4 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maria Santissima Immacolata di Lourdes / Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert C. Hoyle (approx. 1.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dickinson County / Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Ardis Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
3. The Ardis Furnace Marker
with some of the furnace ruins.
The Ardis Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
4. The Ardis Furnace
some more of the ruins
The Ardis Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 11, 2017
5. The Ardis Furnace
more ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 24, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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