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By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2018
E. K. Railway Marker
Kentucky (Greenup County), Argillite — 1978 — E. K. Railway
Development of this area’s rich coal, iron, and timber resources began in 1867 when Eastern Kentucky Railway laid track from the Ohio River to Argillite. But after years of operating losses, the railroad went into receivership in 1919, and the work . . . — Map (db m126331) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Argillite — 1973 — Greenup Association of Baptists
In the log meeting house of Palmyra Baptist Church, once located near here, Greenup Association was formed in 1841. John Young (1764–1855), early settler on Little Sandy River and Palmyra’s pastor, enlisted two other churches from across Ohio . . . — Map (db m126332) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Ashland — 1149 — Bellefonte Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Bellefonte Furnace. The 96th blast furnace built in Hanging Rock Region since 1818. Considered most highly perfected in existence when erected, 1942, by Armco Steel Corp., with hearth 25 feet across, producing 1000 tons of iron daily, later . . . — Map (db m126411) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 520 — A Masterful Retreat
USA Brigadier General George W. Morgan with 8000 men reached here October 3, 1862 on way to Camp Dennison, Ohio, after retreating over 200 miles from Cumberland Gap in 16 days, harassed by CSA Morgan’s Raiders. USA forces had held Gap but . . . — Map (db m126367) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 976 — Buffalo Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Buffalo Furnace A major producer of iron in the Hanging Rock Region 1851-75, an important Union Army supplier in Civil War. Built by H. Hollister and Ross. Stone stack originally was 36 ½ feet high, with a steam powered air blast. . . . — Map (db m73782) HM WM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 2247 — Camp Swigert
Side 1 Union Civil War training camp was organized Dec 12, 1861. Made up of 20-25 acres. It became center of volunteer enlistees under command of Col. D.W. Lindsey. Recruits from surrounding counties, Frankfort & Louisville were assigned . . . — Map (db m73769) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 784 — County Named, 1803
County named, 1803, for Christopher Greenup, governor of Kentucky, 1804-08. Born in Virginia, 1750, officer in American Revolution. Began law practice in Kentucky, 1783. Clear of Virginia court for the district or Kentucky, 1785-92. Member, . . . — Map (db m126369) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 1178 — E. K. Railway
A major factor in development of this area, the Eastern Ky. Railway opened from the Ohio River here to Argillite in 1867; finally reached Webbville, Lawrence Co., 1889. It hauled local timber, iron ore, and coal, but never fulfilled its owners' . . . — Map (db m73781) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Tribute to the Founders of Greenbo Lake State Resort Park-The progressive citizens of Greenup and Boyd Counties, aware of the need for outdoor recreation, organized the Greenbo Recreation Association February 25, 1952. This organization appointed . . . — Map (db m73784) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 1529 — Greenup “Town Fathers”
Vital leaders of Greenup County and town were Thomas Waring, Seriah Stratton, Jesse Boone (Daniel’s son), Andrew and Thomas Hood. In Andrew Hood’s home they organized court of quarter sessions (1804) an circuit court(1806). Waring and Boone were . . . — Map (db m126365) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — Jesse StuartPoet — Novelist — Educator
By your own soul’s law learn to live. And if men thwart you, take no heed. If men hate you, have no care; sing your own song, dream your dream, hope your hope, and pray your prayer. — Map (db m126372) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 1808 — Jesse Stuart (1906-1984)
This Kentucky Poet Laureate was born and lived most of his life in W-Hollow, near Greenup. An educator and prolific writer, Stuart authored books, short stories, and poems which portray Appalachian Ky. He received Guggenheim fellowship, 1937; . . . — Map (db m73779) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 1009 — Raccoon Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Racoon Furnace. Built in 1833 by D. Trimble and J.T. Withrow, six miles south. Originally 35 ft. high with a maximum inner diameter of 10½ ft. In 1873 this furnace produced 1467 tons of iron. It owned about 10,000 acres of land, mining its . . . — Map (db m126376) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Greenup — 1008 — Steam Furnace / Iron made in Kentucky
Iron made in Kentucky 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, . . . — Map (db m73778) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Hopewell — 574A — Grave of Lucy Virgin Downs
Grave of Lucy Virgin Downs, 2 miles ahead. — Map (db m126325) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Hopewell — 1143 — Hopewell Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Hopewell Furnace. In 1824 William Ward built here a bloomery forge, converting it, 1832-33, to a blast furnace, also known as Camp Branch Furnace. Air blast was water-powered. In 1838 this stone stack made 600 tons of ore, and burning 165,000 . . . — Map (db m126324) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Hunnewell — 2163 — E. K. Railway – Hunnewell
Development of Greenup’s iron resources in the mid-1800s relied heavily on the E. K. Railway and its extension near the Greenup furnace. The furnace and the new town that developed near it were renamed Hunnewell in honor of businessman Walter . . . — Map (db m126269) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Oldtown — 574 — Grave of Lucy Virgin Downs1769–1847 — 1,000 Feet West
The first white child born of American parents west of the Allegheny Mountains—Mrs. Lucy Virgin Downs—was a resident of Oldtown, Greenup County, from 1807 until her death in 1847. She was the daughter of Jeremiah and Lucy Virgin, born . . . — Map (db m126330) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Oldtown — 1019 — Laurel Furnace / Iron Made In Kentucky
Laurel Furnace. Built 4 miles west by George and Samuel Wurts in 1849. The bottom half of the stack, originally 39 feet high, is carved from one block of stone cliff. Maximum inner diameter 10½ feet. It made 2150 tons of iron in 31 weeks . . . — Map (db m126328) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Raceland — 1132 — Caroline Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Caroline Furnace. Stood 1½ mi. south. Built 1833 by Henry, Blake & Co. Stone stack was 35 ft. high, with a maximum inner diameter of 10 ft.; burned charcoal. Air blast powered by steam. In 1838, produced 750 tons of iron, consuming . . . — Map (db m126406) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Raceland — 2143 — Race Track1924–1928
The race track named “Raceland” was known as the “Million Dollar Oval.” A record crowd of 27,000 packed the grandstand for the inaugural Raceland Derby in 1924. That race featured Kentucky Derby winner “Black . . . — Map (db m126402) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Russell — 1142 — Amanda Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky
Amanda Furnace. A stone stack 35 feet high, 10 feet across inside, built in 1829 by James E. McDowell, John Culver, John H., Edwin P., Robert C., and William L. Poage; later owned by the Paull family, buried on the hillside above. In 196 days . . . — Map (db m126467) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Wurtland — John M. McConnell House
Built in 1833-1834,the John M. McConnell House, is one of the earliest surviving, largest and best constructed houses in northeastern Kentucky. The house and associated structures, including a small law office, were built for State . . . — Map (db m126409) HM
Kentucky (Greenup County), Wurtland — 2128 — McConnell House Complex
John M. McConnell moved from Pennsylvania to Greenupsburg in 1813. Practiced law and served in Kentucky House in 1822-25, and Kentucky Senator in 1826-30. In 1831 he purchased 250 acres of land; built this Federal-style dwelling, another brick . . . — Map (db m126408) HM

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