Belfont Furnace was operated by the Belfont Iron Works. The furnace was located between Madison and Jefferson Streets from Second Street to the river in Ironton. Belfont Iron Works was located across town at Second and Hecla streets (now the City Garage).
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And Burned To the Water’s Edge, Twelve or Thirteen Lives Lost, Large Number Wounded.
THE LATE CAPT. G. W. NORTON
On Saturday last a gloom was suddenly cast over our entire community by a dispatch from Gallipolis, announcing that our fellow-citizen, Capt. G. W. Norton, president of the Belfont Iron Works Company, together with R. M. Biggs, was among the lost on the ill-fated steamer Harry Dean, which exploded her boilers about two miles below that place. The steamer Telegraph was chartered by the Belfont Iron Works Co., accompanied by a number of citizens, proceeded at once to the scene of the disaster. At Burlington, she met the Victor No. 4, but she had left Gallipolis just as the Harry Dean landed and did not know of the explosion. After thorough investigation it was ascertained pretty conclusively that Mr. Norton had been blown overboard, as two or three papers were found below the wreck washed ashore, which he had in his pocket at the time.
There is no event so much to be deplored as his loss to our community at this time, and the sudden manner his taking off, make our regrets the more acute.
Ironton Register, February 28, 1878 – The Belfont Furnace made last week, 325 tons pig, and did it on 49.8 bushels fuel per ton of pig, using but one-fourth Iron Mountain ore. Where is the furnace that can show a smaller quantity of fuel per ton of pig? The average for several weeks will not exceed 52 bushels. They received on last Monday, 100,000 bushels of coke.
Ironton Register, October 1, 1885 – Fire was started in Belfont stack, last Tuesday, for the purpose of drying it out. The stack has been entirely overhauled – new hearth, inwall and lining complete. The hearth and top have been reduced a little but the bosh remains the same. The furnace is now supposed to be in better fix than ever before. It has also a new bell. The furnace will probably start this Fall sometime. The company have about 18,000 tons of ore at their mines, which they will work up, if business gets so they can do it. They have no coke as yet.
Ironton Register, November 19, 1885 – Belfont furnace blew in on Monday and made her first cast Tuesday morning – ten or twelve tons of No. 2. Mr. Rodgers says she is working well.
Ironton Register, November 26, 1885 – (Iron News) – Belfont furnace is running along nicely, making about 50 tons a day.
Ironton Register, January 14, 1886 – Belfont Furnace is now running on 30 per cent of Missouri Ore.