Pavement Ends
James Baughn

The shut-ins hidden in plain sight

Posted Monday, February 20, 2017, at 11:00 AM


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  • Being a native of Salem MO and having been living in Glasgow KY for the past 45-years, I have passed thru this area many times going between these two places. My Mom, Step-Grandmother and her twin sister spend the final years of their lives at The Baptist Home which is located very near to these shut-ins. This was the main reason for taking this route. I can attest to the fact that this area is one of Missouri's more beautiful places....

    -- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Mon, Feb 20, 2017, at 12:06 PM
  • Having visited an early iron furnace site near Scotia Pond and Bunker MO I would guess that you did in fact find the furnace location near the Stout Creek Shut-ins. When the tub of crushed iron ore was brought to a high enough temperature the ore would separate into what I have seen as three layers: a top grey swirled glass-like layer, a powdery white-ish rock layer and melted iron which sinks to the bottom and exits through a hole then everything else is poured on the ground near the furnace as slag. Likely this is what you saw.

    -- Posted by geehart on Thu, Mar 16, 2017, at 5:52 AM