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FURNACES OF THE HANGING ROCK IRON REGION
OHIO
(other than Lawrence County)

Submitted by Sharon M. Kouns

BRUSH CREEK

Adams County, Ohio
Built: 1810 -1811
By: ELLISONS

Semi-Weekly Irontonian, Nov. 8, 1907 - The Ellisons in 1810-11, built Brush Creek Furnace in Adams county, one of the first furnaces in the State of Ohio. From there, some of them came to the Hanging Rock Iron Region. Among them was Andrew Ellison, a first cousin of the mother of Mrs. John Campbell, of Ironton, Ohio. He lived at Hanging Rock about 1832.

BUCKEYE

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1851
By: C. NEWKIRK & OTHERS

See also Old Buckeye Furnace

CAMBRIA

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1854
By: D. LEWIS & CO.

DIAMOND Previously known as "Salt Lick"

Jackson County, Ohio
Built:
By:

ELIZA

Wellston, Jackson County, Ohio
Built:
By: Ironton Register, January 14, 1886 - Eliza Furnace (Wellston) boilers blew up Monday night, making fearful havoc of the furnace building. It is said to be a wreck.

FULTON

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1865
By: LEWIS DAVIS & OTHERS

GLOBE

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1872
By: WATTS, HOOP & CO.

HURON

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1874
By: HURON IRON CO.

Ironton Register, Thursday, June 28, 1888 - FURNACE PROPERTY BOUGHT - Messrs. W. H. Peters, G. E. Murdock, George

JACKSON

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1838
By: J. HURD, YOUNG & OTHERS

Ironton Register, June 28, 1888 - Furnace Property Bought - Messrs. W. H. Peters, C. E. Murdock, George Peters, Jas. F. Peters and John Peters, Sr., all from this county (Lawrence), are the incorporators of the Jackson Furnace Company, formed last week, to operate the Huron Furnace property at Jackson, which they have purchased. The capital stock is $25,000. The purchase includes 235 acres of coal land, and there is a shaft mine at the furnace from which coal will be obtained without the labor of transporting it. Ore and limestone from the Lawrence furnace lands will be used. Huron is a 25 ton hot blast furnace, size 50 x 13 feet, which was remodeled 7 or 8 years ago and has been idle for some time past. The new company propose to have the furnace in blast by the 1st of August. John Peters, Sr., was made President of the Company, J. F. Peters, Vice-President, and W. H. Peters, Sec'y and Treas. The last named gentleman will have charge of the property.

JEFFERSON

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1854
By: JEFFERSON FURNACE CO.

KEYSTONE

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1849
By: JOHN CAMPBELL, S. MCCONNELL & OTHERS
Daily Ton: 15
Stack: 36 Feet
Blast: Hot
Charcoal

Ironton Register, November 17, 1887 - Samuel McConnel, one of the pioneer iron masters of the Hanging Rock region, died at Portsmouth last week, age 74. He was an uncle of Mrs. N. K. Moxley, of Ironton.

LATROBE

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1854
By: W. MCGHEE, H. F. AUSTIN & OTHERS

Ironton Register, March 1, 1877 (Iron Items) - Bundy & Cobb are getting wood cut, and making preparations to put Latrobe Furnace in blast. It is probable that it will not go into blast before June or July.

LIMESTONE

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1855
By: EVANS, WALTERHOUSE & OTHERS

LINCOLN

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1853
By: S. BAIRD & OTHERS

MADISON

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1854
By: JOHN CAMPBELL, J. P. TERRY & OTHERS
Daily Ton: 14
Stack: 36 Feet
Blast: Hot
Charcoal

1855 - John Peters built the Madison Furnace. The owners of this furnace were J. P. Terry of Portsmouth, J. Bentley, M. R. Tewksberry, F. Duduit, John Campbell and John Peters. This was a profitable one. John Peters disposed of his interest in Madison Furnace in 1867.

MILTON

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1873
By: MILTON FURNACE & COAL CO

MONROE

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1856
By: JOHN CAMPBELL, WM. M. BOLLES
Daily Ton: 20
Stack: 37 Feet
Blast: Hot
Charcoal

Ironton Register, February 16, 1854 - Monroe Furnace Begins - Steam Furnace rebuilt. (copy)

1855 - John Peters superintended the building of Monroe Furnace in Jackson County, Ohio. The company consisted of S. McConnell, Thomas McGovney, Isaac Peters, W. M. Bolles, Professor Maters, John Campbell and John Peters. John Campbell and John Peters owned controlling interest in this furnace.

ORANGE

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1864
By: WATSON & OTHERS

OPHIR

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1874
By: HON. H. S. BUNDY & OTHERS

SALT LICK renamed Diamond Furnace

Jackson County, Ohio
Built:
By:

Ironton Register, June 4, 1857 - Diamond Furnace is the new name for the Furnace in Jackson Co., which heretofore been known as "Salt Lick."

STAR

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1866
By: ISAAC BROWN & OTHERS

TROPIC

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1873
By: TROPIC FURNACE CO.

WELLSTON TWIN FURNACES

Jackson County, Ohio
Built: 1875
By: WELLSTON COAL & IRON CO

BLOOM

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1832
By: JOHN BENNER & OTHERS

Ironton Register, July 9, 1885 - BLOOM FURNACE -From Portsmouth Tribune.       A Tribune reporter found things lively at Bloom Furnace on a visit there last Thursday. They are working about 200 men in the ore banks, and around the furnace. Mr. Lyons, the superintendent, or manager, showed us around the furnace and we examined some of the iron that they are turning out, which is A No. 1 foundry, and they were shipping a fifty ton order to Pittsburg to go into rolls, which requires the very best quality of charcoal iron and this seems to be a very superior article. The furnace is making from 12 to 13 tons iron daily.
      Its equipment for work are unsurpassed by any charcoal furnace in this entire section. Their ores average 33 per cent of iron. Their roasting ovens are two in number and were built by the men on the ground, and are of fire brick, banded with iron and are an improvement over the sheet iron roasting ovens. A small quantity of brase is mixed with the ore and a great heat is thus obtained. The ore comes out with uniform heat, and works more readily and satisfactorily, and more economically than under the old plan of banking it and roasting.
      Lyons does not take much stock in the Boggs ore, and says that the stone coal furnaces have found that instead of being 44 per cent iron, it is but half that amount, or 22 per cent per ton, and that it wont pay to work it at the present price of iron.
      Bloom has some practical men employed: Lyons, the general superintendent, is an experienced man, quick and accurate in his work, and leaves no detail coming in the line of his official duties to go unnoticed. Major Rogers, the foundryman, has been a furnaceman since he was a boy, coming from Tennessee with his father to Union Furnace many years ago and growing up at the furnace to speak.
      There are more men employed at Bloom than was ever known before, and she is likely to be in blast till next Spring unless some accident occurs. They are accumulating a large amount of ore and charcoal, and as labor is now so low, on account of the great competition, the management are stocking up heavily.
      It will be news to a great many readers of the Tribune to know that there is a gas well at Bloom Furnace. In 1866, the late John Paull sunk a well about 833 feet, prospecting for oil, but found gas instead. For many years they used it to light the engine rooms, pothouse, and at the bank. For some reason the seed-bag got out of order, and the gas is now used only in the engine room, but it is said it would require but a very small expense to restore the original flow - merely to take out the old seed-bag and put in a new one. So far efforts to grapple the old bag have failed.

CLINTON

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1832
By: MCCOLLUM & OTHERS

EMPIRE

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1846
By: GLIDDEN BROTHERS

FRANKLIN

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1827
By: DANIEL YOUNG & OTHERS

GAYLORD ROLLING MILL

Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio

Ironton Register, January 30, 1879 - John Means of Ashland, bought the Gaylord Rolling Mill at Portsmouth, last Monday. We understand the Ashland Coal works held a claim against the institution for $50,000, and it was purchased on that account..

HOWARD

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1853
By: JOHN CAMPBELL & D. T. WOODROW
Daily Ton: 15
Stack: 36 Feet
Blast: Hot
Charcoal Ironton Register, February 18, 1878 - The Howard Furnace will not make a blast this year.

HARRISON

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1853
By: EIFORT, SPELLMAN & CO.

JUNIOR

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1832
By: YOUNG BROTHERS & OTHERS

Cambridge Culbertson had an interest in Junior Furnace . . . see Lawrence Furnace - Death of Cambridge Culbertson.

OHIO

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1845
By: DAVID SINTON, T.W. MEANS

Ironton Register, Thursday, March 14, 1878 -CONCERNING DAVID SINTON David Sinton continues to give his thousands to musical enterprises in Cincinnati, while in a neglected spot in the West Union Cemetery, his father lies in a grave unmarked by ought save a common head stone. Portsmouth Times.

It is true that all that is mortal of the father of the millionaire David Sinton, lies in the churchyard beyond with but a simple headstone. Is it not good enough? Is it not wisdom in him to give his wealth to the establishment of charities in Cincinnati rather than expending his wealth in a marble monument that would excite the admiration of the State? Some men need no monument, and David Sinton is such a one. He could with his wealth build a sepulcher for the remains of his father such as that pictured by Milton when he said

"And, no sepulchered, in such pomp dost lie,
      That Kings for such a tome would wish to die."

But David Sinton is wiser in his generation than they who seek to stab his character in such a paragraph. He is one of God's noblemen. - Adams County Era.

SCIOTO

Scioto County, Ohio
Built: 1828
By: WM. SALTERS & OTHERS

CINCINNATI

Vinton County, Ohio
Built: 1853
By: MCCLANBERG & OTHERS

EAGLE

Vinton County, Ohio
Built: 1852
By: A. BENTLY & OTHERS

Ironton Register, May 5, 1853 - EAGLE FURNACE - This is the name of a new furnace, which is to be erected immediately in Vinton Township, Vinton County. The company consists of A. Bentley, Dr. Norton, and S. Bentley of Gallia Furnace. T. R. Stanley and R. C. Hoffman, of Jackson; H. T. Brown, of Athens, and John Benner, near Bainbridge, Ross County, under the style of Stanley, Bently & Co. Mr. Stanley is now on the ground making the contracts and expects to reside at the furnace. Says the McArthur Republican.

Ironton Register, May 13, 1858 - The Cleveland Leader says that the Eagle Foundry in that place has a contract with the Newburgh Rolling Mill, to furnish six rolls weighing 4 tons each, six of 4 tons each, and twenty-five of 2 tons each on an average.

Ironton Register, April 21, 1892 - Eagle Mill made her first heat in ten furnaces, last Thursday. Everybody seemed to take hold as if they had only quit the day before and knew all about their furnaces and not a bobble was made. There was some trouble, however, with one of the furnaces in making a bottom. The rolls seemed to work all right, but needed adjusting occasionally, and J. L. Todd handled them to perfection.

GALLIA

Gallia County, Ohio
Built: 1847
By: JOHN CAMPBELL & OTHERS

John Peters had an interest in this furnace. Ironton Register, September 3, 1885 - (under Iron News) - The new appraisement of Gallia Furnace lands was made last week by W. C. Amos, W. R. and J. S. W. Evans. All the mortgaged premises, about 4400 acres, were appraised at $37,410. These premises are in about 50 pieces. The last appraisement was $51,000. A few hundred acres not mortgaged are added to this making the appraisement of the entire property upwards of $38,000. All this is to be offered first, and if not bid in, a subdivision of 1034 acres on which the furnace property stands, appraised at $15,000, will be offered. Last appraisement for this was $20,000. Then the remainder of the property is divided into parcels no less than 160 acres which are to be offered separately. The sale will take place in October, day not set.

Ironton Register, November 12, 1885 - GALLIA FURNACE SALE - There were over 200 persons in attendance upon the sale of the Gallia Furnace property last week. John Harris cried the sale for the Assignee, H. C. Burr. The property, on which John T. Wilson held a mortgage, was offered as an entirety; and, consequently, there was no bid upon that, except the one made by Mr. Wilson, which was $28,940 or two-thirds of the appraisement. Mr. Wilson was not present, but the bid was made by an agent. There was a prevalent opinion, that if the property had been offered in parcels, as divided in the original order, it would have all sold at the two-thirds and something more. The 1000 acre tract, on which the furnace stands, might have been sold for $12,500, and there were parties there interested intending to make that bid. The two-thirds on that tract was $10,000. Besides the mortgaged portion sold to Mr. Wilson, four other tracts were sold; one appraised at $400 sold at $507; another at $200 sold for, $145; another at $450 sold for $501; another at $30 brought $20; showing the views of buyers were buoyant. The mineral privilege on an 80 acre tract was offered but not sold. The appraisement of the four tracts sold aggregated $1,080 and the bids amounted to $1,173.

Ironton Register, December 10, 1885 - Col. Gray, C. C. Clarke and John W. Campbell are associated with Dr. Gray and Lew Voglesong in the purchase of Gallia lands. Mr. Voglesong will go on the property and manage it.

HOPE

Vinton County, Ohio
Built: 1854
By: COL. PUTNAM & OTHERS

HAMDEN

Vinton County, Ohio
Built: 1854
By: L. C. DAMARIN & OTHERS

Ironton Register, March 1, 1877 - (Iron Items) Hamden Furnace has suspended work for the purpose of making suitable alterations for the employment of coke instead of charcoal in blasting.

RICHLAND

Vinton County, Ohio
Built: 1854
By: WESTFALL, STEWART & OTHERS

VINTON

Vinton County, Ohio
Built: 1853
By: JOHN E.CLARKE, JOHN CULBERTSON & OTHERS

ZALESKI

Vinton County, Ohio
Built:
By: ____WATERS & OTHERS

LOGAN

Hocking County, Ohio
Built: 1853
By:

UNION

Hocking County, Ohio
Built: 1854
By:

HIMROD

Mahoning County, Ohio
Built:

Ironton Register, September 13, 1860 - Himrod Furnace, Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, largest stockholder was Wm. Kelly - the Douglas Candidate for Governor in New York.

IRON VALLEY

Ironton Register, January 15, 1857 - Iron Valley Furnace for sale . . . owned by Reese Thompson (copy)

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