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Near Hohenwald in Lewis County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Steele's Iron Works

 
 
Steele's Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
1. Steele's Iron Works Marker
Inscription. Here, about 1820, stood a charcoal-burning furnace used to manufacture pig iron. All that remain of this pioneer enterprise are a slag pile and the evidence of a mill race, used to bring water from Buffalo River to operate the furnace’s air blasting machinery.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 35° 27.814′ N, 87° 28.744′ W. Marker is near Hohenwald, Tennessee, in Lewis County. Marker can be reached from Metal Ford Road half a mile west of Natchez Trace Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is accessed at the Metal Ford turnoff from the Natchez Trace Parkway at Mile Marker 382.8; marker is at the end of Metal Ford Road. Marker is in this post office area: Hohenwald TN 38462, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Metal Ford (within shouting distance of this marker); Meriwether Lewis: Life Compass (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Natchez Trace – Early American Trail (approx. 3.3 miles away); Grinder House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Natchez Trace
Steele's Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
2. Steele's Iron Works Marker
(approx. 3.4 miles away); Meriwether Lewis (approx. 3˝ miles away); This Monument Marks The Old Natchez Trace (approx. 6 miles away); The Old Natchez Trace (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hohenwald.
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 24, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Steele's Iron Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
3. Steele's Iron Works Marker
Trail Sign for Steele's Iron Works image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
4. Trail Sign for Steele's Iron Works
The Start of the Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
5. The Start of the Trail
The trail travels clockwise
Possible Location of Steele's Iron Works image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
6. Possible Location of Steele's Iron Works
Metal Ford Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
7. Metal Ford Exhibit
Trail near Mill Race Informational Sign image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
8. Trail near Mill Race Informational Sign
Mill Race image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
9. Mill Race
The trail to your right follows the MILL RACE that once brought water from the Buffalo River to the furnace.
Mill Race Inlet from Buffalo River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
10. Mill Race Inlet from Buffalo River
Mill Race Heading Down River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
11. Mill Race Heading Down River
Trail near Slag Pile Informational Sign image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
12. Trail near Slag Pile Informational Sign
Slag Pile image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
13. Slag Pile
We do not know the exact location of Steele’s Iron Works because no remnants of the furnace have been found. This SLAG PILE, on the bottom and side of the mill race, suggests that the smelting furnace might have been located here.
The End of the Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
14. The End of the Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on June 24, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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