Buckeye Furnace

Ironton Weekly Register, July 11, 1896
Submitted by: Sharon M. Kouns

Buckeye furnace was built by Mr. Thomas Price in the year 1851, and was in blast almost continuously until about eleven years ago, when she went out of blast, and has remained so ever since, but for what reason we are unable to say.

Buckeye is now owned by the Superior Coal Co., the property being looked after by Mr. J. J. Mannering. The furnace is situated about twelve miles east of Jackson on a branch of the C. H. & D. R. R., and everything seems to indicate that a mistake has been made in allowing the old furnace to lay idle. Plenty of second growth timber can be had close to the furnace, and there is still plenty of iron ore and lime that can be had with but little expense in preparing for it, but indications now are that the old furnace will never again resume her former labors, that of making pig iron. – Jackson Sun.

Note from Sharon – This furnace has been rebuilt as a tourist attraction and opens to the public Memorial Day Weekend each year. I’ve been there and find it worthy of another trip. You will also find an old Company Store as it appeared in the iron furnace days.