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Old Hughes Furnace -- Lone Star TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 32° 55.130 W 094° 42.661
15S E 340007 N 3643587
Quick Description: The restored Hughes pig iron factory furnace, now on display in the publicly-accessible visitor area of Lone Star Steel plant in Lone Star TX, just off US 259.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 9/13/2012 10:33:22 AM
Waymark Code: WMF961
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Old Hughes pig iron furnace operated on a farm near the HUGE Lone State Steel Comany plant in the 1850s. At its peak, it produced about a ton of pig iron every day.

Since slavery was legal in Texas in the 1850s, and because iron production was an AWFUL and dangerous job, of course it was done with slave labor. This furnace produced iron that was sold to the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

It is not clear when the furnace ceased production, but since the owner lost so much of his fortune after the Civil War, it is reasonable to assume it stopped being used sometime around 1867.
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Dates of Operation: Not listed

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