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Rockcastle in Trigg County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Empire Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

 
 
Empire Furnace Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2019
1. Empire Furnace Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.  
Empire Furnace
Stood 1 mile west. Built 1843 by Thomas Tennessee Watson, it was a brick stack with a maximum inner diameter of 91/2 ft., 35 ft. high. It burned charcoal fuel, and its air blast was powered by steam. In 45 weeks of 1856, made 1836 tons of pig iron. Operations transferred to Center Furnace in 1861 because of floods, Civil War military actions.

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 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1357.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 36° 53.854′ N, 87° 56.329′ 
Empire Furnace Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2019
2. Empire Furnace Marker (Side 2)
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 north on Rockcastle Road. 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. Center Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); Trigg Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Burnett Home (approx. 6.1 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. 9.1 miles away); Golden Pond (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockcastle.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Empire Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2019
3. Empire Furnace Marker
Empire Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2019
4. Empire Furnace Marker
 

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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 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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