Is it an alien? A robot? A silo? A barbecue?
Nope- it’s an old furnace used for smelting copper in the late 1800″s by the United Verde Copper Company Mines in Jerome. The coke used for fuel was brought around the horn from WALES- and shipped by train to Ash Fork. From there, it was brought over the mountains by mule drawn wagons to Jerome. I’ve walked by this many times on our visits to Jerome and never stopped to look at it before.
I am always amazed by displays like this- and grateful to local historians who think it’s important to save these artifacts from the past.