Historic Markers Across Alabama

Furnace Hill

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Location: at the intersection of W. 20th Street and W. 15th Street on W. 20th Street, Sheffield, Alabama
County: Colbert
Coordinates: N 34° 45.558    W 087° 42.48
  34.7593    -87.708
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNBJY


Center of Industry for new town of Sheffield. Five blast furnaces with 75 ft stacks build 1886~1895 1/2 mile west. Promoted by E. W. Cole and E. Ensley. Iron ore and limestone from Franklin Co., coke from Walker Co. and Virginia used. Hattie Ensley Furnace, most successful, produced 221 tons pig iron daily. Iron barged down Tennessee River. Furnaces operated by Sloss ~ Sheffield Iron & Steel Co until 1927.

Erected 1976 by Jim Walter Corp., U.S. Steel Corp., and American Chemical Society.

End of Furnace Hill