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Jerome in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Jerome Blast Furnace

 
 
Jerome Blast Furnace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. Jerome Blast Furnace Marker
Inscription. This is one of the two old furnaces found in place on The Hampton Lode, United Verde Copper Company Mines, at Jerome Arizona on March 5, 1888 when I first visited the property. I started operation on this furnace and also the other one on May 22, 1888.
W.A. Clark

Maximum capacity of about 60 tons of ore per day. New Clarkdale plant blown in on May 28, 1915
 
Erected 1988 by Jerome Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 45.039′ N, 112° 6.96′ W. Marker is in Jerome, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker and furnace are located just west of the Jerome Town Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Main Street, Jerome AZ 86331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jerome Town Hall (a few steps from this marker); Jerome, Arizona (a few steps from this marker); Bartlett Hotel (a few steps from this marker); The Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Paul and Jerry's Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Mine Museum/Fashion Saloon
Jerome Blast Furnace and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. Jerome Blast Furnace and Marker
Second marker is seen to the left of the furnace.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Whitten Printers (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Connor (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Jerome.
 
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Marker On Wall to the Left of the Jerome Blast Furnace image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
3. Marker On Wall to the Left of the Jerome Blast Furnace
This blast furnace was in use in 1882. The smelter site at that time was where the big open pit is at present. This little furnace used coke for fuel. The nearest source of supply was Wales, GR. Brit. More than half way around the world in travel distance! Small sailing vessels carried the coke across the Atlantic Ocean and around the Horn of South America to San Francisco. From there it was transported by railroad to Ashfork, Arizona where it was loaded into mule drawn freight wagons and hauled 60 miles over the mountains to Jerome. The production of this furnace was about 8,000 lbs. of copper per day compared to later smelting operations which produced 457,525 lbs. per day or 142,290,460 lbs. during the peak year of 1929.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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