[QUOTE=captndan;2560272 For reference us Dandridge or Newport, TN. According to the history video the kettle was invented by some guy that worked for the Weber Co. about 1910. It looks about the same as today's Weber. [/QUOTE]
Weber-Stephens was founded in 1893 as Weber Brothers Metal works in Chicago IL. Their primary business then I believe was making metal buoys.
The first Weber kettle was built in 1951, in Chicago, IL also, by George Stephen Jr. It was first commercially sold in 1952, and George Jr. bought out the company in the late 50's, and focused solely on grill production. Not sure what that had to do with Tennessee? Still, not sure a Weber kettle is the "first bbq cooker as we know it today"? But it is a damn fine product, as are their WSM's!