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The Ironton Tribune
2903 S. Fifth St.
Ironton, OH 45638

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Population
Ironton: 11,211
Lawrence
County: 62,009

Climate
The Ironton community experiences four seasons with hot, humid summers, moderate winters and moderate springs and falls. Ironton is on the same latitude as Washington, D.C., area and generally experiences a similar climate.

Economy
The community's economic base consists largely of heavy industries. The county is developing a 505-acre industrial park that offers enterprise-zone financing, access to rail, barge and truck transportation and the latest in infrastructure improvements. A state-of-the-art gas-fired power plant recently went online in the area and a new high-tech coke plant is under construction as well.

Major employers

Chemical, refinery and various light-industrial companies.

Education
Seven public school districts offer a quality, well-rounded curriculum with a tech-prep option. Ohio University Southern in Ironton offers associate degree and transfer courses for four-year programs. Marshall University in nearby Huntington, W.Va. is a university of regional distinction that offers a variety of four-year degree programs and a law and medical school.

History
Ironton was founded in 1816. The county's chief source of wealth was the iron and coal mined locally. The coal industry flourished from the 1830s until after World War I. The iron industry continued to produce until the 1990s. In addition to its industrial heritage, Lawrence County is home to a number of stops along the famous Underground Railroad that helped guide runaway slaves to freedom.

Recreation
The Ironton area offers the perfect locale for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. The Wayne National Forest occupies 33 percent of the land in the county

Interesting tidbit
The Ironton Memorial Day Parade is the longest running Memorial Day Parade in the nation. The first parade was held in 1868.

Area information
Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce
740-377-4550
www.lawrencecountyohio.org

 

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