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Iron Furnace

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Shawnee National Forest, Elizabethtown, IL
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Interesting stop

If you're driving by, interesting stop, but don't go out of your way to get to it. Gravel road... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
skhill5
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
It's HUGE!

This is a short activity to do between hikes or a place to stop for a picnic. It is a neat thing... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2018
ljphilli150
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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4 weeks ago
“Interesting stop”
Feb 3, 2018
“It's HUGE!”
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Shawnee National Forest, Elizabethtown, IL
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're driving by, interesting stop, but don't go out of your way to get to it. Gravel road getting in/out. Nice picnic area if you're ready for a stop.

Thank skhill5
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Reviewed February 3, 2018

This is a short activity to do between hikes or a place to stop for a picnic. It is a neat thing to see and you don't really get an idea how big it is until you stand next to it.

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Reviewed November 24, 2017 via mobile

Decided to take the road to the iron furnace. It actually took longer than anticipated since a large stretch of the road is a typical country road, which caused our driver to slow down in order to keep dust down and not throw rocks. It...More

Thank Patricia G
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Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Long drive with little else to do. The furnace is missing it's bridge and water wheel, so it's hard to imagine the magnitude of the importance of this equipment to the locals back then, when there was little else to do beside farming and mining...More

Thank Jenny F
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Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

This was a short side trip one afternoon and worth it! The history plaques got you to understand the whole area worked together. Was a hot profession if you stoked ovens!

Thank Skip T
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Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Wish the furnace wasn't sealed inside, but still informative and a clean area. More of a drive than expected, but wasn't disappointed

Thank Kassidy T
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Reviewed August 25, 2015

No description of the attraction or its importance to the history of the area. Seems to be neglected.

Thank SusanW0167
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Reviewed August 21, 2015

We found this location to be easy to find - some places said it was hard to find. The furnace was much bigger than I had envisioned. Make sure you read up on it before going - there isn't any descriptive signage about it.

Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed July 26, 2015

On of the nicer preserved Furnaces in the area. Pretty little park with an area that the "locals" swim at.

Thank acupateaacres
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Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

It's OK, neat to see, but the gravel roads you have to take to get there should be taken into consideration. Roads start off paved but turn to gravel for most of the way. Some nice scenery along the way but not a must see.

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