The former Ashland oil refinery is now operated by Marathon.

The Amanda and Bellefonte blast furnaces of A-K Steel (formerly ARMCO Steel) in Ashland, KY. Evidently the Bellefonte Furnace has been demolished since I took this picture in 2006.

More detail of one of the A-K furnaces showing the skip hoist and the stoves.

The ore bridge above the stockpile of taconite served both the Amanda and Bellefonte Furnaces.

CSX train passes A-K Steel's blast furnaces in Ashland, probably on its way to the nearby Russell Train Yard.

A view of A-K Steel's steel mill in Ashland as viewed from across the river in Ironton, OH.

A-K Steel was still operating these coke ovens on the other side of Ashland when I took this picture in 2006. In 2011 they closed the coke works down and sent nearly 500 workers looking for new jobs. A United Steelworkers Local 523 spokesman said, "Many here are accustomed to living a lifestyle based on their jobs at the plant. Many, myself included, really have no idea right now what we will do next."

Saturday evening at A-K Steel's coke plant between Ashland and Catlettsburg, KY. Semet-Solvay, a division of Allied Chemical Corporation, constructed a coke ovens plant here in 1912.

Covington, Kentucky.

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY.

Tube mill in Wilder, KY. The tops of the skyscrapers in downtown Cincinnati are barely visable behind the mill.

Maysville, Kentucky.

Dayton Power and Light's coal-fired Stuart power plant as viewed from near Maysville.