Ironton Furnace (Riverbank & Lorain Streets, Ironton)
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.
If you’re looking for the earlier 1875 furnace, CLICK HERE. If you’re looking for the Ironton Furnace built later in 1908, you’re in the right place.
The Ironton Furnace was first blown in November 21, 1908. One stack, 75×18 built 1907-8. 3 Foote Stoves, 85′ x 20′, 3 steam blowing engines, 2 water tube, 12 tubular boilers, 2980 hp. West Virginia coke, Lake Ore. Slag gran. pit, annual capacity 54,000 tons, for road ballast. Product: foundry and malleable Bessemer pig iron, annual capacity 80,000 tons.