Bourbon Furnace, Kentucky
Bourbon Furnace is a Bath county community just south of Owingsville. The first post office in what is now Bath county opened in the area as Slate Creek Iron Works in 1805 when it was still part of Montgomery county. The post office closed in 1811.
The Slate Creek Furnace, also known as the Old Slate Furnace or Bourbon Furnace, was constructed about 1791 by Jacob Myers and operated well into the nineteenth century. (In 1791 the site was within Bourbon county.) In the first half of the century Kentucky was one of the major iron producing states.
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