Most furnace communities faded away once the furnaces went out of blast. Thanks to a successful and long running cement factory constructed a short distance from Center Furnace, the community carried on and prospered under the name of Superior (named after the cement company). Founded on April 17, 1950 with great celebration, there is now nothing left of the village of Superior. Parts of the rebuilt cement factory are still standing but on private property (which is patrolled). Many people in our community grew up in Superior and have amazing stories to tell about their upbringing. I've gathered as many pictures as I could find and would love to have more to add....send me an email!
Pictures courtesy of Gene Cox, Lowell Depriest, Don Delawder, and the current pictures I took last fall.
For more info about Superior, I highly recommend R.D. Null's book "Superior, Lest We Forget." There is a copy of it in the Hamner Room at Briggs Library.
For more pictures of the Marquette Cement plant...click HERE.
To see pictures of the Alpha Portland Cement plant in Coal Grove....click HERE.