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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.
Saturday, January 18, 2014

1914: CLARKDALE; Hopewell Tunnel, January 7.

Verde Heritage


"Arrivals from Jerome yesterday report a very important movement as having been inaugurated by the United Verde Copper Company in the enlarging of the 6,300-foot long Hopewell tunnel, that transportion of ores in the future may be handled by standard gauge railroad cars."

"The magnitude of the undertaking may be appreciated when it is stated that this avenue at present of seven feet two inches high by nine feet wide is to be extended to a height of nine feet and a width of thirteen feet. The motive is to handle the output from the mine pockets direct to the new smelter at Clarkdale, from the tunnel that penetrates the 1,000-foot deep openings."

"By this enlargement the expense and troubles of transferring the heavy output are obviated. When completed it is stated that the United Verde will be the only property in Arizona that will be transporting direct from mine shoots to the smelter."

"The railroad to handle the immense tonnage of the future is now building from Clarkdale to the mouth of the Hopewell tunnel, and coincident with the enlarging of the tunnel it will be ready for traffic when the big plant blows in sometime in July."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; Wednesday, January 14, 1914; page 5, from Thursday's Daily.)

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