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Mule Hell - Eagle Rock Furnace.  Eagle Rock Furnace, Mule Hell Community near Cripple Creek, Wythe Co., VA. Photo by Shawn Dunford.

Eagle Rock Furnace, Mule Hell Community near Cripple Creek, Wythe Co. Photo by Shawn Dunford.

Here I can feel my roots and they run deep in these mountains.  Here I feel my ancestors, both English & Irish settlers in the Appalachians and the Indians of the area.  It is here I sense the nearness of God!  Is it any wonder my soul is at rest here?  I think not.

Here I can feel my roots and they run deep in these mountains. Here I feel my ancestors, both English & Irish settlers in the Appalachians and the Indians of the area. It is here I sense the nearness of God! Is it any wonder my soul is at rest here? I think not.

Old iron ore furnace in Cripple Creek, Va just down the road from where my dad grew up.

Old iron ore furnace in Cripple Creek, Va just down the road from where my dad grew up.

Cripple Creek - Raven Cliff Furnace  Raven Cliff Furnace, located on National Forest Recreation Area, Gleaves Rd., Cripple Creek, Wythe County, VA. Photo by Shawn Dunford

Raven_Cliff_Furnace in Cripple Creek, Va Wythe County

Foster Falls Historic District is a national historic district located near Max Meadows, Wythe County, Virginia.. . . pictured is Foster Falls Furnace.

Foster Falls Historic District is a national historic district located near Max Meadows, Wythe County, Virginia. pictured is Foster Falls Furnace.

This is the Speedwell Furnace, located near Speedwell, Wythe County, VA. owned by the Williams Family who live in the Iron Master's House near the site. Photo by Shawn Dunford

Speedwell Furnace, located near Speedwell, Wythe County, VA. Owned by the Williams Family who live in the Iron Master's House near the site. Photo by Shawn Dunford.

The iron furnace at Foster Falls, VA was constructed in 1881 by the Foster Falls Mining and Manufacturing Company and enlarged and improved in 1906.

The iron furnace at Foster Falls, VA was constructed in 1881 by the Foster Falls Mining and Manufacturing Company and enlarged and improved in

Autumn at Big Reed Island Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Autumn at Big Reed Island Creek in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

IronFurnaceCrippleCreek1.jpg  Iron Furnace at Cripple Creek. Courtesy of David Arnold

Iron Furnace at Cripple Creek. Courtesy of David Arnold

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