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Fitchburg in Estill County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fitchburg Furnace

 
 
Fitchburg Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Fitchburg Furnace Marker
Inscription.  This historic structure was built at the peak of the iron industry in 1868. The furnace once produced high-quality iron used for railroad wheels and rails.

As you roam the grounds and explore this innovative construction, enjoy the opportunity to step back in time. Imagine a place with workers bustling about, often laboring in extreme temperatures to keep the furnace in steady production. Envision the town and surrounding community where more than 100 families lived nearby.

Fitchburg Furnace was the last charcoal-burning iron furnace built in America. With its massive stones and intricate design, the furnace ranks among the top 25 dry-stone masonry structures in the world.

The U.S. Forest Service acknowledges with gratitude the partners who help maintain and protect the furnace, including Friends of the Fitchburg Furnace and Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center.

2010 Stabilization and Research Project

The U.S. Forest Service and Friends of the Fitchburg Furnace completed two phases of stabilization and research for Fitchburg Furnace in 2010.

Phase I included a roof
Fitchburg Furnace aka Red River Iron Furnace image. Click for full size.
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2. Fitchburg Furnace aka Red River Iron Furnace
installation to help protect the furnace from rain and freezing water. The foundation along the left corner of the structure was stabilized with massive reinforced concrete underground.

Phase II restored deteriorated portions of the furnace and uncovered hundreds of historic artifacts. A drainage system was established to take water away from the foundation.

Thirty-five huge stones originally cut in 1868-1869 at the nearby Fitchburg quarry were used to replace missing stones in the facade and furnace interior.

About This Area

Fitchburg Furnace is located on the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Daniel Boone National Forest is part of the Forest Service, the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that manages national forests and grasslands for multiple uses.

What you find here stays here.

Artifacts represent pieces of history, providing valuable clues to the past. When artifacts are removed or disturbed, it's like pages taken from a book. Once the pages are gone, the story is ruined.

The taking of artifacts or disturbing archaeological sites on national forest land is illegal.
 
Erected by U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.
 
Location.
Inscription located on the furnace image. Click for full size.
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3. Inscription located on the furnace
37° 43.995′ N, 83° 51.146′ W. Marker is in Fitchburg, Kentucky, in Estill County. Marker can be reached from Fitchburg Road 3.1 miles north of Kentucky Route 52. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ravenna KY 40472, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Estill Springs (approx. 6.9 miles away); Estill Seminary / Collegiate Institute (approx. 7.1 miles away); County Named, 1808 (approx. 7.1 miles away); Irvine (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fitchburg.
 
Regarding Fitchburg Furnace. Red River Iron Furnace is #74000860 on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Additional keywords. Red River Iron Furnace
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2019. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 30, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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