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Re: Belle Fonte Furnace, Springville
Posted by: Kathy Daniel Date: November 29, 2001 at 20:57:22
In Reply to: Belle Fonte Furnace, Springville by Robert McCormack of 1220

I was born and grew up in Bellefonte, Ky. The remains of the Belle Fonte furnance are located on the property of the Community Presbyterian Church on Rt 5 in the city of Bellefonte. The streets of Bellefonte are named after the old (and some new) furnaces..Mt. Savage, Buena Vista, Clinton, Amanda, Princess, etc. The big ironworks on the Ohio was Armco Steel. I don't know what year Armco started, but my father started working there about 1926. He spend his 45 year career in the masonery department (they lined the furnaces with brick). When Amanda was built it was the largest blast furnace in the free world (so they said). Amanda, among others are still there. I have not heard the "Springville" name. The use of it must have died out long ago. There hasn't been a post office in Bellefonte in my lifetime. The public library in Ashland has (or used to) photos and history about the furnaces and Bellefonte.

Kathy Daniel

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