Penn Lumber Co.




Photo above is a snippet of the 1885 Sanborn Fire Insurance map showing the Penn Lumber Company located at the end of Adams Street on the river bank

Ironton Register, April 18, 1889
 The Penn Lumber Co. saw mill will start up today on a new lot of logs.


IRONTON, O., FLAME-SWEPT.; About Twenty Families Homeless — City Water Works Threatened — Loss Over $300,000.
New York Times, Sept. 30, 1897

This city was threatened with destruction last night. At 7 p.m. the sawmill of Newman and Spanner was discovered on fire. Before the fire department reached the scene, the flames had extended to the lumber yards. The fire soon wiped out the mills and lumber yards of the Penn Lumber Company, and it also threatened the water works, and word was sent to Catlettsburg, Ashland and Portsmouth for relief. About 20 families were rendered homeless. At 10 o’clock the supply houses and coal bins adjoining the city water building were demolished by a Norfolk & Western locomotive crew using a block and tackle, and the pumping station was saved. The opportune arrival of the Ashland (Ky. ) department, with several thousand feet of hose was a God-send to the city and at 10:30 o’clock the ten acres of blazing ruins were surrounded by lines of hose, and the Catlettsburg fire engine has just arrived by special boat. This practically places the fire under control, although the conflaguration will hardly subside before morning. The loss is estimated at from $300,000 to $400,000, with half that amount of insurance. An area of three squares in lengths and two squares back from the river was entirely swept.