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

Fitchburg Furnace

 
 
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1. Fitchburg Furnace Marker
Inscription.  The casting house was a wooden shed, which covered the sand moulds where the iron was run. Note the depression in the stone directly above the archway, which probably held the roof of the shed. Long trenches, sloping gradually from the front of the furnace, were made of moulding sand with enough clay to permit their being moulded to the desired shape. When the iron was ready to be drawn, a worker with long handled tongs would grasp the clay plug in the damstone, and with a skilled twist, removed it. The molten metal shot out of the opening, filling the main feeder trench. As this trench filled, guttermen diverted the molten iron into side trenches, forming a series of bars from 4 to 6 feet long and from 60 to 250 pounds each. Bars from the main trench were "sows", while bars from the side trenches were "pigs", hence, the term "pig iron".
 
Location. 37° 43.984′ N, 83° 51.163′ 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 10 miles of this marker
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, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Fitchburg Furnace (a few steps from 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); Woody Stephens and Forty Niner (approx. 8.3 miles away); County Named, 1852 (approx. 8.3 miles away); Courthouse Burned (approx. 8.3 miles away); Collecting Red River's History (approx. 9.6 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.
 
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Additional keywords. Red River Iron Furnace
 
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