Furnace Stats in 1888

 
 

Ironton Register, 5 Jan 1888

The Furnaces

Submitted by Melissa Girardot

     Never did the furnaces of this county make as much pig metal as they did in 1887.  This is because the coke furnaces have been in blast a great portion of the time.  The charcoal production was nearly an average, but seems quite small by the side of the coke iron output.  There were 98,254 tons of metal made in the county in the year, and of this, only 12,341 tons were charcoal; the rest coke or coal.  We subjoin a list of the furnaces in this county and the tons of metal produced in the year:

            Hamilton…………………………19,000

            Iron & Steel……………………   10,953

            Alice……………………………..22,700

            Sarah………………..…………  10,340

            Belfont…………………..……    17,920

            Mt. Vernon…………….………   2,900

            Pinegrove……………….………. 3,941

            Hecla…………………………… 1,400

            Vesuvius………………………… 2,100

            Olive……………………………  2,000

    Total                                                   98, 254

     The last five are charcoal furnaces.  The production of Hecla was only a five months’ run; the remainder of the year the furnace was idle.  The Iron & Steel furnace was banked up 47 days, and so does not show a full product.  The large output of the furnaces of the county indicate a general employment of labor and a large movement of material.

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