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Vesuvius Furnace
Industry / Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia

The production of pig iron, munitions, and tools in the Between Rivers, Green River, Hanging Rock, Red River, and Rolling Fork Iron Regions in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, as well as other regions of the United States, was facilitated by the availability of charcoal timber, iron ore, and limestone as raw materials for the furnaces.

Beaver Dam Furnace
Industry / Kentucky

Beaver Dam Furnace, situated in the Red River Iron Region near Scranton, Menifee County, Kentucky, was built in 1819.

Richland Furnace
Industry / Ohio

Richland Furnace, also referred to as Cincinnati Furnace, is situated in the Hanging Rock Iron Region in Vinton County, Ohio.

Washington Furnace
Industry / Ohio

Washington Furnace, part of the Hanging Rock Iron Furnace region in Lawrence County, Ohio, was built in 1853.

Buckhorn Furnace
Industry / Ohio

Buckhorn Furnace, situated in the Hanging Rock Iron Region in Lawrence County, Ohio, was constructed in 1833.

Center Furnace
Industry / Ohio

Center Furnace, alternatively known as Centre Furnace, was established in 1836 in the Hanging Rock Iron Region, Lawrence County, Ohio.

Sandy Furnace
Industry / Kentucky

Sandy Furnace was located in the Hanging Rock Iron Region along Bolts Fork in Boyd County, Kentucky.

Superior Portland Cement Company
Industry / Ohio

The Superior Portland Cement Company was a cement manufacturing plant located along the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad in Superior, Ohio.

Selby Shoe Company
Industry / Ohio

The Selby Shoe Company, a notable shoe manufacturer, had its operations based in Portsmouth and Ironton, Ohio, as well as in Ashland, Kentucky.

Old Louis Hunter Distillery
Industry / Kentucky

The Old Louis Hunter Distillery was an operational bourbon distillery from 1850 until its closure in 1974, located in Lair, Kentucky.

Peter Tarr Furnace
Industry / West Virginia

The Peter Tarr Furnace, the first iron furnace west of the Allegheny Mountains, is situated in Hancock County, West Virginia.

Virginia Furnace
Industry / West Virginia

The Virginia Furnace, a historic iron furnace situated in Preston County, West Virginia, operated from 1854 to 1880.

Wharton Furnace
Industry / Pennsylvania

The Wharton Furnace, a historical iron furnace located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, was operational from 1839 to 1873.

Old Valley Furnace
Industry / West Virginia

The Old Valley Furnace, or Douglas Furnace, is a historical iron furnace located in Preston County, West Virginia. It was operational for only two or three years.

Buckeye Furnace
Industry / Ohio

The Buckeye Furnace is a historic blast furnace located within the Hanging Rock Iron Region near Keystone and Wellston, Ohio.

Baker Castor Oil Company
Industry / Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia

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Merchants Ice & Cold Storage
Industry / Kentucky

Merchants Ice & Cold Storage is a former cold storage facility in the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. The complex was originally a part of the Schaefer-Meyer and Frank Fehr breweries.

National Tube Company Lorain Works
Industry / Ohio

A formerly integrated steel mill, once owned by U.S. Steel’s subsidiary National Tube and later Republic Steel, among others, is located in Lorain, Ohio.

O.H. Hutchings Electric Generating Station
Industry / Ohio

Hutchins Power Station is a former coal-fired power plant near Dayton, Ohio, that is being redeveloped into a residential and recreational complex.

Westinghouse Atom Smasher
Industry / Pennsylvania

The Westinghouse Atom Smasher was an electrostatic nuclear accelerator operated by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation at their Research Laboratories in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania. The 5 MeV electrostatic nuclear accelerator was instrumental in the development of applications of nuclear science for energy production and marked the beginning of nuclear research for civilian applications.

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