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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.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1899: JEROME; Fire at the United Verde Copper Co., June 24.

Verde Heritage

"JEROME FIRE: The United Verde Copper Company the Sufferers."

"Fire broke out in the United Verde Company's reverberatory furnace Wednesday night. The reverberatory is the largest if its kind in the United States and is directly under the railroad track. Back of it a few feet are a number of coke bins. To the north are vitals of the mine, the power house, representing an investment of $250,000."

"Fire ate away the support of the bins holding 500 tons of coke. This mass of inflamable material fell with a crash on the fire and the whole made a most intense heat. Tons of burning coke fell through an open shaft and set the 145-foot level of the mine afire. But this was controlled after five hours fight. The fire originated from the friction of one of the belts on the furnace blower."

"Twelve hundred men have been thrown out of employment temporarily."

"A press report says: Wild excitement without interruption has filled the town since the commencement of the fire on Wednesday in the reverberatory furnace of the United Verde mine. Men, women and children are contending with the mine owners for water. The company has shut off all water supply of the city and 5,000 people are without water supply today. The people are fighting for water."

(The Coconino Sun; Flagstaff; July 1, 1899; page 5.)

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