Bourbon Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky
Bourbon Iron Works
Jacob Myers from Richmond, Va. took up land grants here on Slate Creek, 1782. He built the first iron blast furnace in Ky., 1791. John Cockey Owings and Co. formed to operate furnace. Utensils and tools supplied settlers. Began to make cannon balls, grape shot for US Navy 1810. Furnished munitions for US victory, New Orleans 1815. First blast 1791, last 1838.
Iron Made in Kentucky
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 1965 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 993.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 6.864′ N, 83° 44.85′ W. Marker is near Owingsville, Kentucky, in Bath County. Marker is on Kentucky Route 36, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at Bath County
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capt. John “Jack” Jouett, Jr. (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bath County (approx. 2.3 miles away); Courthouse Burned (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gen. Hood Birthplace (approx. 2.3 miles away); Owings House / Thomas Dye Owings (approx. 2.3 miles away); Clear Creek Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 7.2 miles away); Unwind with Us (approx. 7.2 miles away); Caney Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Owingsville.
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Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 15, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.