Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Lee & Gould Furance Circa. 1833

Marker ID: THC 3D 75
Location: Tennessee 230 east of I-40, Only, TN
County: Hickman
Coordinates: N 35° 53.638    W 087° 38.332
  35.89396666    -87.63886666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2G6T


Samuel B. Lee and James Gould built the furnace as part of an ironworks that employed hundreds. They located here due to the proximity of the raw materials needed to produce iron~iron ore, limestone, sand, wood for charcoal to fuel the furnace, and water to power the air blower that intensified the heat. In 1835 it ceased operation due to a shortage of economical iron ore. The furance stands as a reminder of an early industry that employed many Hickman Countians.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.