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.
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. Touch 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); Rocket Shovel and Dragline 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).
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,673 times since then and 44 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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