Rockcastle in Trigg County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Trigg Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Built here in 1871 by the Daniel Hillman Iron Co., was a brick-and-stone blast furnace producing pig iron from locally mined ore. It burned charcoal fuel, and used steam power to blow preheated air through the stack. Most iron made here was processed at the works of the Tennessee Rolling Mills, 3 miles NW. Operations ceased by 1878.
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. Charcoal-furnace era ended in 1880s with depletion of ore and timber and use of modern methods. Over.
Erected 1970. (Marker Number 1380.)
Location. 36° 53.83′ N, 87° 56.319′ W. Marker is in Rockcastle, Kentucky, in Trigg County. Marker is at the intersection of Rockcastle Road (Kentucky Route 274) and Trigg Furnace Road, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cadiz KY 42211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Empire Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (within shouting distance of this marker); Center Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Burnett Home (approx. 6 miles away); County Named, 1820 (approx. 6.1 miles away); Courthouse Burned (approx. 6.1 miles away); First Court of Trigg County (approx. 6.3 miles away); St. Joseph's Parish (approx. 9 miles away); Golden Pond (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockcastle.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.