Clay City Timber Industry / Early Iron Works

Clay City Timber Industry / Early Iron Works (HM1EI6)

Location: Clay City, KY 40312 Powell County
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N 37° 51.636', W 83° 55.284'

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Clay City Timber Industry

-With Kentucky Union Railway Company's track laid in Powell Co. in 1886, the area's timber industry expanded. Red River Lumber Mills (1880)became largest steam powered sawmill in Ky. In 1890, the steady run began at one of America's largest timber processing plants. A 1906 mill fire and deforestation of area's timber led to the end of "boom days" in Clay City.

Early Iron Works

-Though there is evidence of iron production in area even earlier, land was bought for this purpose, 1805, by Robert Clark Jr. and Wm. Smith. Known as Clark & Smith's Iron Works, 1805-1808. A blast furnace called Red River Iron Works operated here from 1808 to 1830. Rebuilt as Estill Steam Furnace on another site; closed in 1869. Presented by Red River Hist. Soc. with ISTEA Funds.
HM NumberHM1EI6
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number2015
Year Placed1998
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society-Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 5:37am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 242996 N 4194371
Decimal Degrees37.86060000, -83.92140000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 51.636', W 83° 55.284'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 51' 38.16" N, 83° 55' 17.04" W
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Area Code(s)606, 859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4561 Main St, Clay City KY 40312, US
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