Clayton Ruminski said his interest in industrial history began when he was a child living on Spring Street in Hubbard.
“We used to ride four-wheelers behind my house and there were remnants from the old furnace that used to be there,” said Ruminski. “I was always really curious about it.”
Ruminski, a graduate student in history at Youngstown State University, is presenting “Iron Valley: A History of Change at the Hubbard Furnace” at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor. Ruminski’s exhibit features 32 rare photos of the Hubbard blast furnace that operated from the 1870s to the 1960s.
While most people think Youngstown is synonymous with steel production, Ruminski said the Hubbard furnace’s production of iron in steel country made it unique for the area.
For more on the exhibit, read Friday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.