Illinois Iron Furnace

Description

Picnickers find themselves in unusual surroundings at the historic Illinois Iron Furnace. The remnants of the last iron furnace in Illinois (as reconstructed in 1967) are a reminder of early industry in the southern part of the state. Active at various periods in the 19th century, the furnace produced pig iron using the charcoal blast method and employed some 40 people working in two shifts to keep the furnace fully active. Signage at the site, which is found in Shawnee National Forest, explains the history and workings of the furnace. The Illinois Iron Furnace site is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Facilities include a picnic ground and vault toilet. Note that climbing on the furnace is strictly forbidden.

Address

602 N. First Street
Vienna, IL 62995

Lat/Long

37.49847800, -88.32803300
Visit Website
(618) 658-2111

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