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Iron Furnace

Shawnee National Forest, Elizabethtown, IL
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Neat, but...

Long drive with little else to do. The furnace is missing it's bridge and water wheel, so it's hard... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
Jenny F
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Groveland, Illinois, United States
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Another bit of history in the middle of no where!

This was a short side trip one afternoon and worth it! The history plaques got you to understand... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2016
Skip T
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Venice, Florida
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good35%
  • Average26%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible13%
29 Jul 2017
“Neat, but...”
13 Jul 2016
“Another bit of history in the middle of no where!”
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Shawnee National Forest, Elizabethtown, IL
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Reviewed 29 July 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
Reviewed 13 July 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
Reviewed 30 March 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
Reviewed 26 August 2015

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

Thank SusanW0167
Reviewed 21 August 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
Reviewed 26 July 2015

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

Thank acupateaacres
Reviewed 24 June 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.

1  Thank mshaffer06
Reviewed 7 May 2015

This is a recreation and there's nothing more to see here, just a big grassy area. Skip it. There are better places to visit in the area that are all natural. Even this truly lacks in historical relevance.

Thank Justin M
Reviewed 6 April 2015

It was a huge furnice in the middle of the forest...not to impressed.not worth the long drive to get to it.

Thank Connie W
Reviewed 19 October 2014

My family and I visited the Iron Furnace while we were in Shawnee. This is a FREE attraction and worth seeing. The roads leading to it aren't the best, and at times we thought that we were on someone's driveway, however once we were there...More

Thank Terri D
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