The Mystery Structure Is …

And now I’ll reveal what the mystery structure is from last week … a furnace used for separating iron from the rock it was found in. My kids and I are pictured beside Hope Furnace, found at a trailhead in Lake Hope State Park. A poster on IG knew what these were. Can you imagine the heat these furnaces gave off? The iron industry lasted about thirty years in Ohio. The furnace was shut down in 1874. Now I understand better how Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego into the fiery furnace.

Visit the comments for the prompt last week, and you’ll read how the photo inspired the start of a story with dual timelines. I still think it would be cool if these were structures left by an ancient people. That’s what makes writing so fascinating. A dozen people can look at the same source of inspiration and come up with a dozen different stories.

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