Iron Made in Kentucky / Grand River Furnace
Iron Made in Kentucky
A Major producer since 1791, Ky ranked 3rd in US in 1830s, 11th in 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.
Grand Rivers Furnace
Built 1/2 mile west, 1890~91, by the Grand Rivers Coal, Iron and Railroad Co. Two stacks, each one 60 ft high with a maximum inner diameter of 13 1/2 ft., together could produce 45,000 tons of iron yearly, using coal for fuel until 1901, and coke thereafter. These blast furnaces were operated intermittently until dismantled in 1921.
Erected 1970 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1368.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, and the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 0.103′ N, 88° 14.328′ W. Marker is in Grand River, Kentucky, in Livingston County. Marker is on Commerce Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 W. Commerce Avenue, Grand Rivers KY 42045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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