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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

1916: JEROME; U. V. X. Smelter Plans, August 25.

Verde Heritage

"SMELTER PLANS: Many Signs That They Are Rapidly Maturing --- Black Canyon Water Supply Purchased --- Shortage of Cars Partly Remedied."

"Various circumstances cause the people of the Jerome district to feel that the United Verde Extension company is rapidly maturing its plans for the erection of a smelter."

"Not only have the officers and representatives of the company closely examined the entire district with a view of locating the most advantageous site for a smelter, but they have taken steps to secure a water supply for the big plant."

"The Black canyon water, six miles southwest of Clarkdale, filed on by Nick Radakovich, has been purchased by the United Verde Extension company for $7,000. This supply, it is stated on good authority, is not adequate for the purpose. The flow of Black canyon, though a torrent after a little rain, is not constant, and in seasons of little rain it is perfectly dry. There is a site for a small storage reservoir, and if necessary, the Extension company can put in a dam."

"Negotiations for another water supply in the south end of the district, said to be more dependable and better in every way than Black canyon, are under way."

"It will be an easy matter to pipe water from Black canyon and the other source of supply mentioned to the J. M. Brown ranch, just south of Clarkdale, generally thought to be the most probable site of the smelter."

"Officers of the company state positively that they have not finally selected the smelter site but it is pointed out that the construction of an aerial tram from the mine to the Brown ranch would be attended by no difficulty whatever. Another argument in favor of the Brown ranch is its proximity to the present terminus of the Cedar Glade - Clarkdale branch of the S. F. P. & P. It will be necessary to extend that branch only about a mile to afford the proposed new smelter adequate transportation facilities. Officials and engineers of the S. F. P. & P. have already looked over the ground and made preliminary plans for the construction of the extension."

"The U. V. Extension company's monthly freight bill is in the neighborhood of $75,000. This in itself is a powerful argument in favor of the erection of a smelter by the company. Another is that the company can now do nothing with its low grade ores except block them out and leave them for stoping when the smelter is in operation. It is no secret that the U. V. Extension has vast reserves of ore carrying less than 12 percent copper, and is shipping only the ore that averages 16 percent or higher."

"James S. Douglas, president of the company, is now out of the state, and it is generally understood that he is on his long planned tour of the smelters of the country for the purpose of studying construction and reduction methods."

"The Extension ore is now being shipped to four smelters. It is being divided among the Copper Queen and C. & A. plants at Douglas, the Old Dominion works at Globe, and the Humboldt smelter. Arrangements may be made in the near future to make shipments to the Sasco and Hayden plants of the American Smelting & Refining company."

"Difficulty in getting freight cars has hampered the U. V. Extension company for some time. There appears to be a serious shortage of cars and at times when the U. V. E. people could have used seven or eight a day they could get only four or five. This week, however, the situation shows a slight improvement. Seven loads were shipped Monday, eight Tuesday and seven Wednesday."

"Plans and specifications for the new shaft are being drawn. The collar of the shaft will be only a short distance east of the collar of the Edith --- between the Edith and the new residence that is being constructed for President Douglas. It will be used entirely for ore haulage. The sinking of this shaft will begin as soon as the plans and specifications can be approved."

"The new wince, being sunk from the 1400-foot level about 1000 feet south of the Edith, is down some 70 feet, and the ore in the bottom is slightly richer than at the collar. The flow of water is growing stronger, therefore the sinking is proceeding rather slowly."

(Jerome News; Friday, August 25, 1916; page 1, columns 1-2.)

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