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Near Dycusburg in Crittenden County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Crittendon Furnace

 
 
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By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 17, 2017
1. Crittendon Furnace Marker
Inscription.  

Built a mile west by Gideon D. Cobb in 1847, 9 feet across inside, 30 feet high, charcoal-fueled, with steam-powered machinery. In 1855 made 1300 tons of iron. Named for newly formed county, it was last of several ironworks operated by the Cobb and Lyon families, who came to area about 1800, when Andrew Jackson told them of iron ore deposits here. See over.

Reverse:
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. See over.
 
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1210.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 11.483′ N, 88° 10.081′ W. Marker is near Dycusburg, Kentucky, in Crittenden County. Marker is at the intersection of Kentucky Route 70 and Axel Creek Road, on the left when traveling north on State Route 70. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marion KY 42064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Centerville (approx. 5.7 miles away); Fredonia (approx. 6.1 miles away); Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church / Pioneer Church (approx. 8.1 miles away); Lyon County, 1854 (approx. 8.3 miles away); Andrew Jackson Smith (approx. 8.3 miles away); Kelly Kettle (approx. 9 miles away); Mineral Mound (approx. 9 miles away); New Union Forge / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 9.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  KY Historical Markers - Crittenden County. Full transcript and marker number taken from this site. (Submitted on July 9, 2019, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2019. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on July 9, 2019.
 
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