By Joseph H. Woodward II, James R. Bennett

The normal resource on the entire furnaces that made Alabama across the world major within the iron and metal industry.This paintings is the 1st and is still the single resource of data on all blast furnaces equipped and operated in Alabama, from the 1st recognized charcoal furnace of 1815 (Cedar Creek Furnace in Franklin County) to the coke-fired giants outfitted earlier than the onset of the nice melancholy. Woodward surveys the iron from the early, small neighborhood industry furnaces throughout the upward thrust of the iron in aid of the accomplice struggle attempt, to the large across the world vital that constructed within the Nineties. the majority of the booklet involves person illustrated histories of all blast furnaces ever built and operated within the kingdom? furnaces that went into construction and 4 that have been outfitted yet by no means went into blast. Written to supply a checklist of each blast furnace in-built Alabama from 1815 to 1940, this booklet was once commonly acclaimed and this day continues to be essentially the most quoted references at the iron and metal undefined.

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O~ 52 r~o,- CANE CREEK FURNACE the iron for the building of the State Capitol. During that same year iron was shipped from Cane Creek to Mobile and cast into ordnance for use by the Federal government in the war with Mexico. J. P. Lesley in 1858 gives the following particulars about this plant: "Height 32', Bosh 7', built 1843, rebuilt 1857. In 1854 produced 450 tons in 41 weeks run, in 1855, 350 tons in 35 weeks, and in 1856, 350 tons in 30 weeks. Hot blast removed in 1856-7; to be replaced in Fall lof 1857.

026 per ton of iron-a sum only 1/40 as much. Market conditions also greatly changed during these 60 years. In 1880 more than 900/0 of Alabama iron was shipped to Northern localities. - THE MODERN ERA Slowly this situation altered. By 1910 the South was absorbing 20% of the production. Pressure and soil pipe industries, stove manufacturers and other consumers of iron were established in the South with the result that today local Southern markets take from 60 to 700/0 of the South's merchant iron, the remainder being shipped by rail or water to the foundry markets of the nation or abroad.

Charcoal was made at the furnace but this supply was supplemented by outside contracts. The company owned very little ore property and depended largely on local mining contractors. Due to this situation and the low price of pig iron the furnace was blown out in the summer of 1892 and remained idle until 1900. In 1895 the Buffalo Iron Co. of Nashville, Tenn. acquired the property but did not attempt to operate the furnace. The Eagle Iron Co. of Chattanooga, Tenn. bought the plant in 1900 and after repairing the furnace put it into blast in the Fall of that same year.

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