Greenup in Greenup County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Iron made in Kentucky / Steam Furnace
A major producer since 1791, Ky. ranked 3rd in US in 1830s, 11th in 1965. Charcoal timber, native ore, limestone supplied material for numerous furnaces making pig iron, utensils, munitions in the Hanging Rock, Red River, Between Rivers, Rolling Fork, Green River Regions. Old charcoal furnace era ended by depletion of ore and timber and the growth of railroads.
Built by Shreve Brothers in 1824, stood 3 ¼ mi. south. First blast furnace in the Hanging Rock Iron Region to operate blowing engines by steam power rather than water. Charcoal-fueled, 28 ft. high, 8 ½ ft. across, produced 3 tons of iron in 24 hours, mostly cast at furnace into utensils. Abandoned after 1860.
Marker presented by Armco Steel Corp.
Erected 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society-Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1008.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 33.012′ N, 82° 47.016′ W. Marker is in Greenup, Kentucky, in Greenup County. Marker is on Wurtland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenup KY 41144, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Camp Swigert (approx. ¼ mile away); Jesse Stuart (1906-1984) (approx. 1.9 miles away); E.K. Railway (approx. 2.8 miles away); City of Ironton (approx. 5.3 miles away in Ohio); John Campbell Memorial Home (approx. 5.4 miles away in Ohio); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 5½ miles away in Ohio); Unger's Shoes (approx. 5½ miles away in Ohio); The Hanging Rock Iron Region / The Blast Furnaces of Lawrence County (approx. 5½ miles away in Ohio). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenup.
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