Iron & Steel Furnace

Maggie Furnace aka Iron & Steel Furnace

One of the most confusing and little known furnaces is the Iron & Steel Furnace. It began as the Maggie Furnace, an addition to the Ironton Rolling Mill, which was one of the first businesses to be built in town. It was bought, sold and sent into receivership numerous times giving it such names as Maggie, the Eagle Mill, Ironton Furnace (often confused with the Ironton Iron Co.’s ‘Ironton Furnace’, Union Furnace (frequently confused with the original Union Furnace which was many miles away), New York & Ohio Iron and Steel Furnace and Republic Iron and Steel. Below are some of the Sanborn maps showing the same furnace under different owners — and names. 

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The post card on the left shows Union Furnace blasting. Maggie Furnace changed hands several times and ended as the Union Furnace until its demolition in 1923. 

The first blast furnace in Lawrence County was also named “Union” but it was built in 1826 and located several miles away from the river.