Near Ashland in Greenup County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Bellefonte Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Bellefonte Furnace. The 96th blast furnace built in Hanging Rock Region since 1818. Considered most highly perfected in existence when erected, 1942, by Armco Steel Corp., with hearth 25 feet across, producing 1000 tons of iron daily, later increased to 2600 tons, with 28¾ foot hearth. Named for pioneer charcoal-fueled furnace a mile south.
Iron Made in Kentucky. A major producer since 1791, Kentucky ranked 3rd is U.S. 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, and Green River Regions. Old charcoal furnace era ended by depletion of ore and timber and the growth of railroads.
Erected 1968 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways, and Armco Steel Corp. (Marker Number 1149.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 29.953′ N, 82° 40.514′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 Russell Rd, Ashland KY 41101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Bellefonte Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 0.9 miles away); Amanda Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ironton Tanks / Tanks Memorial Stadium (approx. 1.8 miles away in Ohio); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tanks Memorial Stadium Opening Day Nov. 25, 1926 (approx. 1.8 miles away in Ohio); Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Unger's Shoes (approx. 2.4 miles away in Ohio); Wiard Cannon (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
Regarding Bellefonte Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky. Iron (and steel) are still made right here in sight of this marker at the Ashland Works of AK Steel, the latest name for the American Rolling Mill Company (Armco). This facility opened in 1922.
Also see . . . Iron Furnaces of Kentucky. “Kentucky’s historic iron furnaces produced raw material for the manufacture of basic household goods like kettles, construction supplies like nails (Submitted on November 16, 2018.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.