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Catalog Number 1960.32.1
Maker Cottage Furnace
Date ca. 1865
Material(s) Cast iron
Dimensions H-3.875 W-14.875 D-3 inches
Description This is sand cast iron pig. It is in a trapezoidal shape. It is about three inches at the bottom tapering upward to roughly 1 7/8 inches at the top. There is a cast inscription on the top that reads "COTTAGE KY". The bottom is rough and irregular but the sides are relatively smooth.The bar is broken off just before the "C".
Notes Dr. Willard Rouse Jillson collected this Cottage furnace piece in 1960 in the old Red River Iron Works formerly located at the present site of Clay City, Kentucky.

Starting around 1830, Estill County was a great iron-producing and manufacturing county. In 1829, the Estill Steam Furnace was established by Thomas Deye Owings, who soon sold the furnace to Resin H. Gist and James Mason. The pig iron made at Estill Steam Furnace was manufactured at Red River Iron Works. Resin H. Gist and James Mason sold the business to Samuel G. Jackson, Samuel Wheeler, Peter Mason, Luther Mason, and John C. Mason (later a member of Congress).

Cottage Furnace was built in Estill County and was first operated in 1853 by John C. Mason and J.L. Wheeler, experienced iron men in the Red River iron region. In 1859, the furnace was sold to Pierce, Ginter, and Vaughn who sold it in 1861 to D.R. McKinney and Bros. In 1870, the furnace went out of business.

The Red River Ironworks (1787-1830) was the site of various smelting and milling activities and had a wharf to load rafts with Red River iron.
Collection Willard Rouse Jillson Collection
People Cottage Furnace
Mason, John C. (1802-1865)
Subjects Iron industry
Pig ironwork
Iron miners
Iron mining
Iron work
Search Terms Charcoal Iron Industry
Cottage Furnace
Red River Ironworks
Estill County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS