Historic Markers Across Tennessee

First Copper Smelters

Marker ID: THC 2A 50
Location: TN 68, Polk County, near bridge over Potato Creek
County: Polk
Waymark: None


Near here, in 1854, the Tennessee Mining Company built two• furnaces to serve its own and other mines in the Copper Basin. Incompetent operation made them a failure. In 1855, Alexander H. Tripple built a furnace and calciner for the Eureka Mining Co., about 1 1/2 miles upstream. Their operation brought the Tennessee smelter back into production in 1856.