February 12, 2008
The 430-foot smoke stack of the United Verde Copper Co. smelter was demolished Oct. 2 1966.
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The rise and fall of smelter industry is inextricably tied to town's history
In 1931, no one could have predicted that a technology inspired by the United Verde Copper Company would be discarded, left to age like wine or cheese and then be dug up to inspire a new economic boom over and over. It first happened in 1959 when the technology of making rolled steel out of copper mining waste slag was dusted off but not used.