Clarkdale in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
United Verde Copper Company 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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 34° 46.346′ N, 112° 3.473′ W. Marker is in Clarkdale, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clarkdale AZ 86324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Rocket Shovel and Dragline (approx. 3.2 miles away); Jerome, Arizona (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Childs-Irving Project - Construction Challenges (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Irving Turbine and Generator (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Childs-Irving Project-Hydroelectric Project (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Audrey Shaft and UVX Operations (approx. 3.4 miles away); Historic Audrey Shaft Headframe (approx. 3.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,732 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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