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Near Zaleski in Vinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Hanging Rock Iron Region

 
 
The Hanging Rock Iron Region Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
1. The Hanging Rock Iron Region Marker
Inscription.
Charcoal iron production in Ohio was centered in the Hanging Rock Iron Region, a geographical area extending from Hocking County to the Ohio River and including portions of Northern Kentucky. The region encompassed an 1800 square mile area that was rich in deposits of iron ore and limestone and was covered by a forest that supplied the raw materials for charcoal. The first furnace was built in 1826 and by the 1860's, sixty-five furnaces were located in the region.

Stimulated by a need for munitions during the Civil War, the demand for iron produced by the Hanging Rock furnaces increased. After the Civil War, larger and more modern furnaces were built elsewhere, and the smaller furnaces of the Hanging Rock Iron Region could not compete. By the beginning of the 20th century, the once prosperous industry had all but disappeared.
 
Erected 2005 by Make A Difference Day Ohio and Others.
 
Location. 39° 19.927′ N, 82° 20.421′ W. Marker is near Zaleski, Ohio, in Vinton County. Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to Hope Furnace, in the Zaleski State Forest, about 200 feet north of the state forest backpack trail parking lot on Ohio Route 278 and about 1.2 miles NE of the Lake Hope dam. Marker is in this post office area: Zaleski OH 45698, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Hanging Rock Iron Region Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
2. The Hanging Rock Iron Region Marker
Hope Furnace in background.
At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hope Furnace (here, next to this marker); From Forest to Furnace (here, next to this marker); The Hanging Rock Blast Furnace (here, next to this marker); Life in Zaleski (here, next to this marker); The Furnace Legacy (here, next to this marker); Lockheed T33 Shooting Star (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Cox Covered Bridge (approx. 6.8 miles away); Vinton County Civil War Memorial (approx. 9.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zaleski.
 
Also see . . .  Ohio Iron Furnaces. (Submitted on January 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesNatural ResourcesWar, US Civil
 
The Hanging Rock Iron Region Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
3. The Hanging Rock Iron Region Marker
Hope Furnace in background.
The Hanging Rock Iron Region image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
4. The Hanging Rock Iron Region
Hope Furnace location shown in Vinton County.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,571 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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