Iron Ore on the N&W 1910

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Tue Mar 23 21:46:36 EDT 2010

Just Google "iron furnaces Virginia" and you will get a wealth of
information. The site "Appalachian Voice...." gives a particularly good
description of early iron making in Virginia. Another site purports to list
"Iron Furnaces of Virginia," but I noticed that it omits the Graham Iron
furnace that has been mentioned in several articles in the Bluefield
newspaper and posted on this Mailing List.

Gordon Hamilton

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> Did these iron furnaces also require a local source of limestone for use

> in

> their reduction from ore to iron process . . . as do blast furnaces for

> steel? By the turn of the century I believe they were past the stone

> furnace process phase in many places and were bring in "modern" equipment

> down from Pennsylvania? I would guess each area had their natural alloy

> content . . . . and that limited their customers? I'm guessing their

> local

> ore sources dwindled also.


> Where are the good sources of information about the Virginia iron and

> steel

> furnace industries?


> Al Kresse

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