The Ironton Furnace
The furnaces along the river bank (Sarah, Big Etna, Grant, Belfont, etc) are incredibly confusing but this furnace in particular is the toughest to figure out. Just as there were two Etna Furnaces (Big and Little, to differentiate) there were two Ironton Furnaces. Fortunately, one was built in 1875 while the other was built in 1908. That makes it a little easier to research. Here’s the original Ironton Furnace:
The above descriptions show the Ironton Furnace that went into blast in 1875….for info about that one, click on “Maggie/Iron & Steel Furnace.” Now, onto the 1908 Ironton furnace:
In 1912 the Ironton Furnace was sold to Marting Iron & Steel.
Fun Fact: The Ironton Iron Company, that built the newer Ironton Furnace, had plans to construct a bridge across the river connecting Ironton to Ashland, KY. The piers for this bridge were constructed but the bridge was never built. Decades later, in 1930, the Ben Williamson bridge was constructed. The piers from the original bridge that was never built can still be seen. The bridge was sketched into this picture of the Ironton Iron Company plant.