On Saturday, 06/23/07, I took the two older girls out to Red Top Mountain State Park (Georgia) for a nightime Iron Pour.
Red Top Mountain is named for the soil's rich red color caused by high iron-ore content, Red Top Mountain was once an important mining area for iron.
Before the Civil War, many iron furnaces operated in this area. Iron Ore mining continued well into the 20th century.
A few years ago, an Iron furnace was constructed here for demonstrations. Iron pours are conducted several times a year. The night pours are the most spectacular.
(remember to click on the pics for more detailed views)
The furnace with buckets of Coke fuel and scrap iron waiting for the sun to set before firing up.
Louisa and Julia (at left) were bored at first. They were not sure if they wanted to make a scratch block to be cast in iron. They decided not to this time. I suspect they will next time.