Grant Furnace

Grant Furnace
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New bridge construction digs up artifacts from Grant Furnace

On July 1, 2013, accompanied by a worker from the Ohio Department of Transportation, I was able to visit the construction site of the new Ironton-Russell bridge, which is also the site of WD Kelly’s 1868 Grant Furnace. I thought it would be hard to find any artifacts but, due to a lot of bulldozing, there were plenty of bricks, slag and melted iron to be collected. One of the bricks covered in iron is on display at the Lawrence County Historical Museum in Ironton.