Near Zaleski in Vinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Furnace Legacy
Business in the Hanging Rock region blossomed in the 1850s, and the area became Ohio's first chief industrial center. Much of the iron produced here was used to build the nation's growing railroad system. The railroads, in turn, provided transportation for iron exports, linking the hills of southeast Ohio to distant markets that could be reached by way of the Ohio River or the Great Lakes. During the Civil War the Hanging Rock iron makers provided iron for cannons and other military equipment used by the Union Army, including the iron plate that sheathed the army's famous iron-clad warship, the Monitor. Hope Furnace closed in 1874, and the last of the furnaces closed in 1916, but their legacy lives on in the stone towers scattered over the landscape of the Hanging Rock Iron Region and the imaginations of those who visit them.
Make A Difference Day
On Make A Difference Day 2005, a community partnership came together to preserve Hope Furnace. The furnace exterior was cleaned of vegetation, brush was removed from the area, new steps were constructed to lead visitors up the hill to the furnace, and these five signs were created. The Hope Furnace Preservation Project was made possible through a grant by the Ohio's Appalachian Country and the Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia. Vinton County partners included
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 (here, next to this marker); Life in Zaleski (here, next to this marker); From Forest to Furnace (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 . . . Ohio's Iron Age (Submitted on January 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Natural Resources •
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 666 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.