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

United Verde Copper Company Smelter

 
 
United Verde Copper Company Smelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. United Verde Copper Company Smelter Marker
Inscription. The U.V.C.C. Clarkdale smelter was built through the vision of William A. Clark, owner of the United Verde Mine in Jerome. The Smelter was constructed between 1912-1915 to replace the outdated Jerome smelter.

On May 26, 1915 the first furnace was blown in, belching sulfur-laden smoke from the 400' steel stack. In 1922 the Cottrell Plant with a new 430' brick stack was added. For the peak year of 1929, hundreds of workers handled the 1.75 million tons of ore, producing 12 million pounds of copper bullion monthly.

Phelps Dodge Corp. purchased the plant in 1935. The furnaces shut down in 1950. Few buildings remain, but the true legacy of the smelter is the memories of the men who devoted their lives to the copper industry.
 
Erected 2001 by Town of Clarkdale & Lost Dutchman Chapter 5917 – 4, Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 46.346′ N, 112° 3.473′ W. Marker is in Clarkdale, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st N Street and North 9th Street, on the right when traveling west on 1st N Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clarkdale AZ 86324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clark Memorial Clubhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line);
United Verde Copper Company Smelter Marker with the Verde Valley in the Background image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. United Verde Copper Company Smelter Marker with the Verde Valley in the Background
Main Street Primary School (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Gibson Market (approx. 3.5 miles away); Jerome's Famous Sliding Jail (approx. 3.6 miles away); Sullivan Apartments (approx. 3.6 miles away); Laura Williams Memorial Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); Bartlett Hotel (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Saloon (approx. 3.6 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,548 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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