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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.
Friday, April 12, 2013

1913: CLARKDALE WORK PROGRESSING; April 12.

Verde Heritage

"WORK AT CLARKDALE IS MOVING ALONG: V. T. & S. Ry Will Be Crookedest In The World."

"A trip to Clarkdale Tuesday showed a NEWS representative a busy place, where work in railroad and smelter building is moving steadily and rapidly along, and while, to the inexperienced, there is not much in evidence to show progress, a talk with any of those concerned with the building of the new plant, soon convinces the visitor that remarkable progress has been made since the first ground was broken."

"The principal work to date has been in the way of grading for the several smelter buildings, and laying of concrete foundations for same. Several of these foundations have been completed and frames for pouring of others are being built. The size of these foundations would indicate that all of these buildings will be of great size."

"On the smelter site two immense water tanks have been erected, and water from the Haskell spring piped to them. Water is also being pumped from the Verde River."

"Brick making has been started in earnest, the large moulding machine being run to its capacity."

"Grading on the Verde Tunnel & Smelter Railroad has been about half completed. This road, when completed, will undoubtedly be the crookedest railroad in the world. In comparison the United Verde and Pacific is an 'air line.'"

"To date there has been no work of any moment done on the Clarkdale townsite."

"Regular passenger service has not yet been inaugurated on the Verde Valley Railway, and the officials of that line informs The NEWS that it will be some time before a regular service will be started."

"While at Clarkdale we met General Manager Drake, and General Passenger Agent Cruice, of the Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix Railway, Secretary Frazar of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, and E. Vandergift of The Earth, the Santa Fe's publicity organ. This gentleman had just returned from a trip through the Verde Valley by auto, for the purpose of looking over the land and irrigation possibilities. They all expressed themselves as impressed with the future of the valley as a farming country, predicting that the continued striking of artesian water would greatly increase the 11,000 acres now under cultivation. The Earth will print several articles on the resources of the Verde Valley."

(Jerome News; Saturday, April 12, 1913.)




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