Near Zaleski in Vinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
From Forest to Furnace
Hundreds of men labored cutting timber, working the furnace and driving teams of oxen hauling iron ore to the furnace. To fuel the furnaces, the forests were repeatedly cut, and the wood converted to charcoal. Each furnace required cutting 300 to 400 acres of timber annually to keep up with the demand. Charcoal was produced from this timber. The wood was placed onto a pile 30-50 feet in diameter and 25 feet tall. The pile was then covered with a mound of dirt and the timber was burned for 3-30 days, turning the wood into charcoal. These charcoal fires were tended 24 hours a day; so much wood was required for this process that surrounding hillsides were almost completely stripped of their timber.
Erected 2005 by Make A Difference Day Ohio and Others.
Location. 39° 19.927′ N, 82° 20.423′ 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. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hanging Rock Blast Furnace Life in Zaleski (here, next to this marker); The Furnace Legacy (here, next to this marker); The Hanging Rock Iron Region (here, next to this marker); Hope Furnace (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. 9½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zaleski.
Also see . . . Charcoal Making Videos. (Submitted on January 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 522 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.