Historic Markers Across Tennessee

First Ironworks

Marker ID: THC 1A 37
Location: on Volunteer Parkway (U.S. 11E), Bristol, TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 32.848    W 082° 13.615
  36.54746666    -82.22691666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM68M0


1/2 mile north, in 1784, Col. James King, Revolutionary veteran who was at Yorktown, built an ironworks at the mouth of Steel's Creek. A later associate was Governor William Blount. With the King Ironworks was also the first nail factory in the State. He is buried in the family cemetery 100 yards to the east.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.