Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Great Western Furnace

Marker ID: THC 3C 31
Location: on The Trace (Tennessee Route 49) 0.1 miles south of Crockett Branch Rd, Bumpus Mills, TN
County: Stewart
Coordinates: N 36° 38.438    W 087° 58.538
  36.64063333    -87.97563333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMT5GQ


Built in 1854 by Brian, Newell & Co., this steam cold-blast charcoal furnace was built of limestone from the surrounding hills. Brown iron-ore came from shallow deposits about two miles north. Pig-iron was shipped by river or hauled to rolling mills to the east. It closed in 1856, due to lack of ore and to a slave insurrection by the furnace crew.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.