Introduction to Ironton, Ohio
Ironton, Ohio, in Lawrence county, is 15 miles NW of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center) and 100 miles S of Columbus, Ohio. The city is conveniently located inside the Huntington - Ashland metropolitan area. There are an estimated 11,211 people in Ironton.
In 1849, John Cambell, one of the leading pig iron manufacturers, founded the present day city of Ironton. The area was a prime producer of iron during the 1850s and 1890s. Iron produced in this area was used for manufacturing the USS Monitor and other countries, such as France, England and Russia, also purchased iron for warships from Ironton. Other industries that flourished in this area were those that dealt with soap and nail production.
Ironton and nearby Attractions
- Lawrence County Museum
- Wayne National Forest
- Highlands Museum and Discovery Center
- Beech Fork State Park
- Kentucky Highlands Museum and Discovery Center
- Camden Park
Things To Do In Ironton
While staying in Ironton, you can visit a number of churches including Pine Street United Methodist Church, Ellison Street Church of the Nazarene, Immanuel Church, Loran Street Church, and many more. You can plan a trip to the Fifth and Lawrence Streets Residential Historic District and Rankin Historic District. The Beechwood Park is also worth visiting.
Air transportation is available from Tri-State Airport/ Milton J. Ferguson Field Airport.
Ironton Higher Education
Ohio University - Southern Campus is located within the city. Other colleges and universities offering facilities for higher education include Marshall University, Ohio University - Main Campus, Shawnee State University, and Morehead State University.