Norton Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky

Norton Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (HM2CNJ)

Location: Ashland, KY 41101 Boyd County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 28.456', W 82° 37.835'

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Norton Furnace. In 1967, the world's oldest known operating blast furnace. Built by Norton Iron Works Co. in 1873, an iron shell stack 67 feet high with maximum inner diameter of 18 feet, burning "stone coal." It produced 10,502 tons of iron in 1874. Its 1884 capacity was 20,000 tons yearly. Operated after 1828 by Armco Steel Corp.

Iron Made in Kentucky. A major producer since 1791, Kentucky ranked 3rd is U.S. 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, and Green River Regions. Old charcoal furnace era ended by depletion of ore and timber and the growth of railroads.
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed1967
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways, and Armco Steel Corp
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Date Added Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 357761 N 4259697
Decimal Degrees38.47426667, -82.63058333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 28.456', W 82° 37.835'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 28' 27.36" N, 82° 37' 50.1" W
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Area Code(s)606
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2275 Winchester Ave, Ashland KY 41101, US
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