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  • Participants prepare to remove the cover of Marker 8-44 at the dedication on Oct 14th, 2017 Participants prepare to remove the cover of Marker 8-44 at the dedication on Oct 14th, 2017
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  • Sign at Olive Furnace site Sign at Olive Furnace site
Title, side A
Olive Furnace
Text, side A
Olive Furnace in Lawrence County was one of 83 blast furnaces in the Hanging Rock iron-making region of southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. John Campbell (1808-1891), the “Father of Ironton,” and others established the furnace in 1846. The base of the furnace is carved out of rock and supported by Roman style arches. Only one of these arches remains some 170 years later. The furnace became a stop on the Underground Railroad. Conductors ushered escaping slaves through the area to points further north. The Olive Furnace was the last charcoal furnace to operate in Lawrence County. After seven decades of service, the furnace was sold and dismantled for scrap in 1915. Olive Furnace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
Address
OH 93
Pedro, OH 45659
Location
NW corner of OH 93 and Township Road 239, almost across from the Mount Olive Community Church
Coordinates
Latitude: 38.762268, Longitude: -82.629891.
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