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The 430-foot smoke stack of the United Verde Copper Co. smelter was demolished Oct. 2 1966.

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The Story of Clarkdale
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.

By Jon Hutchinson February 12, 2008