Vesuvius Furnace was constructed in 1836 by William Firmstone and was the first hot blast furnace in the southern Ohio region. If the experiment was successful, Hurd, Gould and Company would pay for the expenses; if not, the costs would have been borne amongst the four furnace owners. Vesuvius featured a 31-foot stack with a 10.5-foot bosh and produced 10 tons of iron per day before closing in 1905.1

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  • Name: Vesuvius Furnace
  • Location: Lake Vesuvius, Ohio
  • Years of Significance: 1836-1905
  • Status: Abandoned
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