Great Western Furnace
Stewart County Iron Industry 1820-1927
Several circumstances contributed to its short life. The furnace owners, William E. Newell and John H. Pritchett, were heavily in debt over the purchase of 9,957 acres of land, acquired for the ore and timber needed to produce iron. Mismanagement, limited sources for iron ore, and a nationwide economic recession all made the furnace a doomed enterprise.
The Great Western Iron Works was offered for sale by its owners, December 20, 1856, in the Clarksville Jeffersonian newspaper.
“…furnace, 8 wood slides, 4 yokes of oxen, 12 wagons and gear, 1 set of carpenters tools, 1 set of blacksmiths tools, 2 extra steam engines 1 grist mill, 8 horse carts and harnesses, and 80 likely and valuable Negro men, experienced furnace
Location. 36° 38.438′ N, 87° 58.538′ W. Marker is in Bumpus Mills, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Tennessee Route 49 0.1 miles from Crockett Branch Rd, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bumpus Mills TN 37028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Great Western Furnace (here, next to this marker); Drummer Boy at 7 (approx. 6.4 miles away in Kentucky); Laura Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 6.4 miles away in Kentucky); Advance on Fort Donelson (approx. 9.2 miles away); Site of Fort Henry (approx. 9˝ miles away); Fort Henry Golden Pond (approx. 10.4 miles away in Kentucky); St. Joseph's Parish (approx. 10.4 miles away in Kentucky).
Also see . . . Iron Furnaces in Land Between the Lakes. (Submitted on July 16, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.