Verde Heritage By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Monday, February 4, 2013
"The newest of smelter cities, Clarkdale is located on the west bank of the Verde river five miles in an easterly direction from Jerome. It is reached by rail from Cedar Glade on the S. F. E. & P. R. R. The line from Cedar Glade to Clarkdale is known as the Verde Valley R. R., and is forty miles in length. It winds along the course of the Verde and passes through some remarkable scenery."
"The present town of Clarkdale comprises about 300 completed houses and 50 more under construction. The new smelter will rank with the largest in the state and is about half completed. The entire plant will cover nearly fifty acres. The main and central building is just at present foundation, the steel work to begin soon. Many of the buildings now accessory to the old works will be moved to serve for the new plant upon the closing of the old one."
"There are about one hundred and ten structural steel workers employed on the smelter besides twenty-five or thirty cement and wood workers. The stack which is to be four hundred feet high and thirty-five feet in diameter is now one hundred and fifty feet high. All the brick and iron work is done by contract and the balance is done by the United Verde Copper company."
A force of over three hundred men are employed by the company to build the new town. A sewer system is being put in and in many places the pipe is laid over twenty feet in the ground, not because of frost but due to the topography of the country. Immense septic tanks are being built to catch the sewage. Six inch water mains are inclosing the blocks as laid out and fire plugs are to be placed at the corners. The streets are being graded preparatory to laying of cement sidewalks and curbs. A park about five acres in extent is located in the center of the town and is already set out in trees. In the spring, lawns and flowers are to be planted. It has not been decided yet whether trees will border the streets, but it seems that the improvement will be made."
"153 houses are occupied and the others are rapidly being utilized. The permanent houses are built of brick and roofed with the best of composite material. Most of the houses now completed are four roomed built square with porch in front and some with porches front and rear. The bungalow is in evidence and most of the residences for the head men of the whole works will be in that and other modern styles."
"No permanent business houses have as yet been erected but work on them will soon be begun. It is understood that parties desiring a business location must lease the ground needed and then build according to the company regulations. All structures in that section must be fire proof in every detail."
"The town has electric lights, and recently a new road to Cottonwood was completed at a cost of about three thousand dollars. By this route Cottonwood is only 2 miles from Clarkdale. The town has a large company store, a livery stable, confectionery, pool hall, electric theatre, an up to date boarding house, rooming house, postoffice and a thriving school."
(The Coconino Sun; Flagstaff; Friday, February 6, 1914.)