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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.
Monday, May 12, 2014

1915: CLARKDALE; Smelter Blows In, May

Verde Heritage


"T. C. Snider, who arrived from Clarkdale yesterday, stated announcement had been made that the new smelter of the United Verde Copper Company would blow in next Saturday."

"A vast tonnage of ore has accumulated at the works. The ore train service between the plant and the mine is perfect in handling any tonnage desired. It is believed that Senator Clark will arrive from New York City to be present on this occasion, while also will his son, C. W. Clark, arrive from San Francisco this week. The huge plant has completed its 'warming up' test and every department is ready to move."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; May 12, 1915; page 2; from Tuesday's Daily.)


"In accordance with the wish expressed by Senator W. A. Clark, no formalities whatever are to be observed in blowing in the new and huge smelter of the United Verde Copper Company in Clarkdale."

"The plant is now under operation in several departments, but will not be in full blast, however, for a few weeks, in treating ores to its capacity of over 2,500 tons per day. It is understood that the United Verde is now in the market for custom ores, and several shipments are scheduled for Clarkdale at once, although nothing official to this effect as yet has emanated from the company."

"The old smelter at the mine is to be razed to the ground in a few months, and reduction in the future will be centered to the Clarkdale plant. Ore trains are now running from the mine to the new smelter and all bins are filled."

"Senator Clark has been advised of operations beginning. He is expected during next week."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; May 26, 1915; page 4.)


"In a conversation with LeRoy Anderson, attorney for the United Verde Copper Company, last Thursday, we learned that there will be no formal blow-in of the big smelter at Clarkdale; that the plant is, in fact, already running, though not to its full capacity. The starting of an enterprise of this kind, with its many units, each of which has to be adjusted, cannot be done by merely touching the button."

"Ore by the thousands of tons is being transported from mine to bins, and in a few days every part of the great plant will work in harmony. Word was received from Senator Clark to go ahead with the operation of the smelter, and not to await his arrival, which has been delayed."

"The residence part of Clarkdale is full to overflowing. There is need for at least twenty more houses, notwithstanding the smelter has not as yet its full working force. The smelter and the town, each in its way, is a model which mining men travel hundreds of miles to inspect."

"The company has made some contracts for the treatment of custom ores, and will handle ore of outside mines in case such ore is of a character which is suitable to the plant, but it is not the purpose of the company to buy ores indiscriminately. --- Prescott Courier."

(Mohave County Miner; Mineral Park; May 29, 1915; page 3.)

See: The Verde Independent; "1915: CLARKDALE; Huge United Verde Smelter Is In Full Blast, May 26;" May 26, 2013.

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