: Taken by naturalist and nature conservator Ralph Ramey, this photograph shows Hope Iron Furnace, a massive blast furnace that was once one of the many furnaces of the Hanging Rock Iron Region. Located along the Ohio River, the Hanging Rock Iron region produced most of the country's iron supply for the majority of the 19th century.
Naturalist and photographer Ralph Ramey documented plants, animals, insects, and other notable features of the Ohio landscape on his travels throughout Ohio. Ramey (1928 - 2019) was a prolific writer and authored "Fifty Hikes in Ohio: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips throughout the Buckeye State," often illustrating his books and lectures with his photographs. Ramey spent time working for the Franklin County Park District, the Miami County Park District, and served as Director of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He also worked as the chief of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, before retiring in 1994. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Parks; Hanging Rock Iron Region (Ohio)--History; Iron industry; Ohio History--Natural and Native Ohio; Naturalists Places
: New Plymouth (Ohio); Vinton County (Ohio)