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Columbiana in Shelby County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Shelby Furnaces

Erected 1849 and 1863

 

—------5 miles ---> —

 
Shelby Furnaces Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, November 6, 2009
1. Shelby Furnaces Marker
Inscription. Major source of pig iron for the Confederacy. Furnished iron to Selma arsenal for heavy cannon, naval armor plate. Furnaces destroyed in 1865 by Wilson’s Cavalry raiders U.S.A. Rebuilt 1873, closed 1923.
 
Erected 1953 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 33° 10.641′ N, 86° 36.418′ W. Marker is in Columbiana, Alabama, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Mildred Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker located in a park across from the Old Shelby County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Columbiana AL 35051, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Columbiana, Alabama (here, next to this marker); Shelby County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Shelby County War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steam Engine (approx. 4.6 miles away); Machine Shop Smoke Stack (approx. 4.6 miles away); Calera & Shelby Railroad (approx. 4.6 miles away); Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); History of Wilsonville, Alabama (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbiana.
 
Regarding Shelby Furnaces.
Shelby Furnaces Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
2. Shelby Furnaces Marker
Shelby Furnaces (Known as Shelby Iron Works Park) is located south of Columbiana in the town of Shelby, Alabama. Follow Shelby County Road 47 to County Road 42 in the town of Shelby. Turn right onto 42 and the Ironworks site is about 1/2 mile on the left.
 
Also see . . .  Shelby Iron Works Website. This website contains the history and the impact that the Shelby Iron Works did for the State of Alabama before, during and after the Civil War. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Site of Historic Shelby Iron Works 1847-1923 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 10, 2008
3. Site of Historic Shelby Iron Works 1847-1923
Shelby Furnaces Machine Shop and Foundry Circa 1888 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 10, 2008
4. Shelby Furnaces Machine Shop and Foundry Circa 1888
Shelby Furnaces in 1888 and in 2008. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 10, 2008
5. Shelby Furnaces in 1888 and in 2008.
Shelby Furnaces Machine Shop Smoke Stack image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 10, 2008
6. Shelby Furnaces Machine Shop Smoke Stack
One of the few remaining Shelby Iron Company structures.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,097 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 11, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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