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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, July 4, 2014

1931: United Verde Extension, July 3.

Verde Heritage


"A full face of ore was struck this morning at the Haynes crosscut for the United Verde Extension, which is being cut from the 3000 foot level of the United Verde Copper Company mine here, according to news which has just been made public."

"Although the ore has not yet been assayed, it is said to be high grade, and from previous findings in the drift, certainly contains both gold and silver values."

"Sulphides and very heavy pyrites in a contact between prophory and diorite, the same geological occurrence in which other big ore bodies in this section are located, have been encountered in the exploratory drift for the past ten days."

"No appreciable amount of ore had been found before today's strike, but good copper values had been found in scattered ledges which contained considerable gold."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, July 3, 1931; page 1, column 7.)


"Fire at the loading pit of the Arizona Chemical company at Clemenceau last Wednesday night, which broke out around 10 o'clock, did little damage, due to the efforts of the Volunteer fire department."

"The blaze was discovered by Jack Salisbury, who was seated on his front porch. The members of the fire department got on the job immediately, and quickly extinguished the fire."

"Hot salt is believed to have caused the fire, as it is first put through a dryer at the Camp Verde mine before it is hauled in steel-bodied trucks to the container. The loading pit, which is standing alongside railroad tracks at Clemenceau, is constructed of wood."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, July 3, 1931; page 1, column 2.)

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