Ironton Furnace

Ironton Furnace

38°30’27.8″N 82°39’48.4″W
(3rd & 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 the Iron & Steel link on the left. If you’re looking for the Ironton Furnace built later in 1908, you’re in the right place.


The above descriptions show the Ironton Furnace that went into blast in 1875….for info about that one, click on “Iron and Steel” on the left. Now, onto the 1908 Ironton furnace::


In 1912 the Ironton Furnace was sold to Marting Iron & Steel.

Have questions? Contact Nicole Cox at (740) 646-4104. We hope to see you there!

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About Lawrence County, Ohio

Lawrence County, Ohio borders the Ohio River at the Southernmost part of the state. Six architecturally interesting bridges span the Ohio River, connecting Lawrence County with various locations in both Kentucky and West Virginia. Because of these bridges, metropolitan Ashland, KY and Huntington, WV are just minutes away from virtually anywhere in the county.

Lawrence County Ohio was organized December 20, 1816, the first Court of Common Pleas was organized March 4, 1817. In 2016, Lawrence County celebrated its Bicentennial… click here to view photos of the Grand Finale event.

The first election was held April 7, 1817, with Joseph Davidson, Joel Bowen, and David Spurlock elected county commissioners. Their first meeting was held Monday afternoon, April 21, 1817, at the home of Joseph Davidson in Burlington.

Lawrence County, Ohio was named after Capt. James Lawrence, a native of Burlington, NJ and a gallant naval officer of the War of 1812.

Lawrence County was home to 23 blast furnaces and was once the world leader in pig iron production.

The county seat is Ironton, where you will find our government offices, restaurants, museum, library, splash park, civic organizations, and is home of the famous Memorial Day Parade.

Check out what’s new in Lawrence County, with the Lawrence County Guide Book. 

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