Site of Tassie Belle and Star and Cresent Iron Ore Furnaces

Site of Tassie Belle and Star and Cresent Iron Ore Furnaces (HMK1M)

Location: Rusk, TX 75785 Cherokee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 46.646', W 95° 7.234'

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New Birmingham was a boom town nearby in the late 1880s built around local iron ore operations. The furnaces, capable of producing 50 tons of iron daily, were named "Tassie Belle," after the wife of the town founder A. B. Bevins, and the "Star and Crescent." About 275 workmen were required to keep furnaces in continual operation. The town grew to over 3,000 people with a business district of 15 blocks including 32 mercantile houses, an ice plant, the spacious Southern Hotel, bottling works, and an early electric power plant. The 1883 panic bankrupted the industries and killed the town.
HM NumberHMK1M
Year Placed1996
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 10:26am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 299198 N 3517723
Decimal Degrees31.77743333, -95.12056667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 46.646', W 95° 7.234'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 46' 38.76" N, 95° 7' 14.04" W
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Area Code(s)903, 430
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 331-365 Co Rd 1101, Rusk TX 75785, US
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