Ashland Coal and Iron Railroad Office
The Ashland Coal and Iron Railroad Office and Company Store were major areas of industry for turn-of-the-century Ashland. Taking over the Kentucky Iron, Coal, and Manufacturing Company, they helped with the transportation and sale of industrial goods such as pig-iron and timber. The Kentucky Iron, Coal, and Manufacturing Company assisted in the growth of industry in Poage Landing and Ashland. With the extension of the railroad through Poage's Landing, they became one of the largest industrial hubs between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Backstory and Context
This led to the creation of Kentucky Iron, Coal, and Manufacturing Company. Its creation was the brainchild of Daniel Weiss and several prominent members of Poage's Landing; they purchased the land to build a railroad that went straight to Poage's Landing, then to Catlettsburg. After the approval of the state, they started construction. Once the railroad reached completion, K.I.C and M. Co. sold the remaining land in lots to the people of Poage's Landing. Once Poage's Landing became Ashland, the company provided land to any public building that was constructed for two thousand dollars or less. The growth and structure of Ashland relied heavily on Kentucky Iron, Coal, and Manufacturing Company.