Ironton, Ohio

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Ironton is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Lawrence County.[3] The municipality is located in southern Ohio along the Ohio River. The population was 11,211 at the 2000 census. Ironton is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649. Ironton is one of the few cities in the MSA with an increase in population. As of 2009, the Census Bureau estimated that Ironton had a population of 11,282.[4]



Ironton was founded in 1849 by John Campbell,[5] who was a prominent pig iron manufacturer in the area. Interested in expanding his foundry business, and due to the area's rich iron-ore content (particularly in the hills to the north), he became interested in the lands surrounding what would later become the city of Ironton[citation needed]. The location of Ironton was chosen for its position along the Ohio River, which would allow for transport of the much-needed commodity, iron-ore, and the slope of the land itself, which facilitated movement of the raw material to the local blast furnaces.

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