From the still-active AK Steel Ashland Works to cement companies, everything that I recalled or explored in the past that provided my original inspiration for this site are being demolished or restored. Granted that in the ten years that this site has been online, things are bound to change, but the speed and manner that it is being done is quite startling.
What’s even sadder is that these once industrial mammoths, that once employed thousands in the region, are not being replaced with anything of value. Strip malls replaced a coke plant near Portsmouth, Ohio. Vacant lots and junk yards replaced an iron foundry in Ironton, Ohio. And polluted, deserted lots replaced the world’s largest hot strip in Ashland, Kentucky.
Maybe one day, we can regain our status as an industrial powerhouse.