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November 19, 2017
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Two Southeast Ohio Places Added to National Historic Register
(2007-11-13)
(WOUB) - Two Southeast Ohio places have joined the ranks of the Hoover Dam and the Empire State Building.

The Olive Furnace in Lawrence County and the Muskingum River's Navigation Historic District were added to the National Register of Historic places.

The Olive Furnace, located 20 miles north of Ironton, was an iron furnace which was in the center of iron production that peaked in the 1850s.

The furnace played a major role in the founding of Ironton.

The owner of the furnace, John Campbell, known as the "Father of Ironton", used the city as a center for shipping iron products.

The Muskingum River District runs from Coshocton to Marietta.

It is a so-called "slackwater navigation system"...which was built in 1841...and it helped boats navigate the river.

Dams and hand-operated cranks help lower and raise boats that travel the waters.

Before the introduction of railroads, the system served as a passage for steamboats to move goods between the Ohio and Erie canal and the Ohio river.

Believed to be the only one of its kind remaining in the U-S, the slackwater navigation system is still in operation today.
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