By Joseph H. Woodward II, James R. Bennett
The traditional resource on the entire furnaces that made Alabama across the world major within the iron and metal industry.This paintings is the 1st and continues to be the one resource of data on all blast furnaces equipped and operated in Alabama, from the 1st identified 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 marketplace furnaces in the course of the upward push of the iron in aid of the accomplice battle attempt, to the enormous across the world vital that constructed within the Eighteen Nineties. the majority of the ebook contains person illustrated histories of all blast furnaces ever developed and operated within the nation? furnaces that went into construction and 4 that have been outfitted yet by no means went into blast. Written to supply a list of each blast furnace in-built Alabama from 1815 to 1940, this ebook used to be greatly acclaimed and this day is still essentially the most quoted references at the iron and metal undefined.
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Steam blowing engines replaced the old water driven blowers. Oxen could no longer be employed to transport the larger quantities of base material and increased volume of products. Railroads were built and new markets were opened. At last the industrial star of Alabama seemed to be in the ascendency, when suddenly the panic of 1873 descended on the nation. Southern enterprises suffered a severe setback. Hopes fell and the fight against vast odds seemed once more hopeless. - ALABAMA BLAST FURNACES came an experiment that finally turned the tide of fortune for the iron industry of Alabama.
The exact date on which Heslip blew in his furnace is unknown, but one of Heslip's children was born at the Cedar Creek Iron Works in 1815 and is thus recorded in the family Bible. 00 an acre. The little stone furnace was built about 5 miles west of what is now Russellville in the Chickasaw Cession of the Mississippi Territory, now Franklin County, Ala. The plant, of necessity, had to be as nearly selfsupporting as possible and consisted of a forge, saw-mill and grist-mill. The furnace was of the conventional style, a frustum of a pyramid, the base approximately 30' x 30', the top 25' x 25' and height 25'.
There is some controversy as to the probability of two blast furnaces having once been at Bibb. None of the older inhabitants can recollect the original stone stack. " The existence of two stacks is also mentioned as late as the 1880 Directory of the Iron and Steel Association. , illl"''' t. :,t ~ ... l. f,}I)Y • '-, illt '1'( -r in t 11\' C\ ~ t; I' nn,' ~f l. ' 101\,1\" nil,! tl~. II1I1·n. 'll >rallv. , R«ci. ,; I. llf/iffJdlf, ,nul Sn ID Mill fro/If :'\OI~T'" fur W ATElt ILl... L AliO(l. Il~avy (-it'aring ,), )dill , ZUllI.