Mammoth Furnace/ Iron made in Kentucky
N 36° 59.654 W 088° 05.589
16S E 402726 N 4094791
Quick Description: Built 3 1/4 miles west in 1845 by Charles and John Stacker, a stone stack 31 1/2 ft. high, 9 ft. across inside at widest.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 11/9/2008 7:07:52 PM
Waymark Code: WM54GY
Built 3 1/4 miles west in 1845 by Charles and John Stacker, a stone stack 31 1/2 ft. high, 9 ft. across inside at widest. Steam~powered, charcoal~fueled, it made white unusually hard pig iron from ore deposits near furnace, producing 1514 tons in 48 weeks, 1857. CSA Army obstructed Tenn. River at Ft. Henry with iron spikes made here. Last blast 1874.
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, Between Rivers, Rolling Fork, Green River Regions. Charcoal~Furnace era ended in 1880s with depletion of ore and timber and use of modern methods.
Marker Name: Mammoth Furnace/ Iron made in Kentucky
Marker Location: Roadside
Type of Marker: Other
Marker Number (for official markers): 1364
Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Kentucky Historical Society.... Kentucky Department of Highways
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