Ironton Register, February 19, 1857 – Pioneer Furnace – New furnace in Washington
Tp., midway between Olive and Washington Furnace, began on February 6th. Stone Coal
Furnace, FIRST to manufacture Pig Iron with Stone Coal in Lawrence County. Pioneer
is the 13th furnace built in Lawrence County. Pioneer Furnace built by Wm. Colvin, F. J. Oakes,
Uri Tracy, and Thomas Pugh, under the style of Wm. Colvin and Co., Benjamin Perry
directed the construction.
Ironton Register, February 18, 1858 – Proprietors of Pioneer
Furnace have sold out their entire interest to Mr. John L. Reed, of Jackson County.