Description: A sketch of Union Furnace in Lawrence County, done by Henry Howe in 1847. Lawrence County is part of an area known as "Hanging Rock Iron Region," which includes parts of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The area was known for its abundance of high quality ores and minerals. Former slave owner and eventual abolitionist John Means built the first iron blast furnace north of the Ohio River during the early 1820s. It was known as the Union Furnace and was located near the city of Ironton. This image is taken from "Historical Collections of Ohio," by Henry Howe, 1847. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04052 Subjects: Furnaces; Ohio Economy--Economy--Labor; Lawrence County (Ohio); Hanging Rock Iron Region (Ohio)--History Places: Lawrence County (Ohio)
Buckeye Steel Castings lining ladle with cement gunSave
Description: This photo depicts the lining of a ladle with a cement gun in the Buckeye Steel Castings taken on June 15, 1917. The Buckeye Steel Castings Company began producing iron castings in Columbus, Ohio, in 1881. It was not until it shifted to automatic steel railroad car couplers that the company exploded. By 1916, Buckeye Steel Castings claimed to be "the largest steel foundry in the world" to produce steel castings for railroads. Samuel Bush, President George Bush's grandfather, was president of Buckeye Steel during this time period.
The Buckeye Steel Castings Company closed its doors due to insufficient capital in the early 2000s. A new firm purchased the company and renamed it Columbus Steel Castings Company. This company continues to manufacture railroad-car undercarriages. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04084 Subjects: Franklin County (Ohio); Ohio Economy--Economy--Labor; Business enterprises--Ohio--Columbus; Railroads; Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
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