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Fitchburg Furnace - 1

Fitchburg Furnace
Daniel Boone National Forest
Fitchburg, Kentucky

This past Sunday I got to stop by the little known Fitchburg Furnace located between Irvine and Flemingsburg, Kentucky off KY-52 in the Daniel Boone National Forest. This was a little side trip on our way to what we thought was our Jones (my mom's maiden name) family reunion at Natural Bridge State Park. Turns out we crashed a different Jones family reunion, but the day wasn't a waste at all as I got to spend a wonderful day with my Mom and my cousins Les and Lisa. Towering at over 60 ft. tall, what was also known as the Red River Furnace was completed in 1869 and is the largest furnace of this kind in the world. It's made completely of sandstone with two stacks nestled within named Chandler and Blackstone. The National Park Service states that iron production ceased in 1873, however I will have to differ on that information. According to family history, my great, great grandmother who lived nearby met a fella who came to work at this furnace and a short time later my grandmother Pitts was born in 1889. So if you think about it, if it wasn't for this furnace, you probably wouldn't be reading this post right now.

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