During the Civil War, John Baker Kunkel owned Catoctin Furnace. With two furnaces in operation, production was never interrupted during the war, and the furnace workers shipped three tons of pig iron a day east to the larger arsenals and forges that made war material. Iron produced here was used in the manufacturing of ironclad ships like USS Monitor.[url]http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=1545[/url] />Some interesting history.[url]http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/catoctinfurnace.asp[/url]
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