- Updated On:
- November 17, 2022
The Lake Hope Furnace Night Watchman met his end one dark and stormy night, falling into the furnace, and reappears on dark and stormy nights just like his last to finish his rounds. Wrapped in his cloak with a lantern’s fading light the watchman appears atop the furnace.
The Hope Furnace is a historic blast furnace in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. Located along State Route 278, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast of the village of Zaleski, it is one of two extant iron furnaces in Vinton County. Between 1854 and 1874, the furnace was used to smelt iron ore, using coal or charcoal for fuel. It is a rectangular structure, built of sandstone and shaped like a truncated pyramid.