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As the amount of ore coming out of Jerome's Phelps Dodge mine steadily dwindled, the activity in Clarkdale's smelter slowed commensurately. But there was nothing similar - let alone equal - in how the two towns reacted to the loss of copper and other valuable ores.

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End of an Era

Loss of mining turned Jerome into a ghost town

As the amount of ore coming out of Jerome's Phelps Dodge mine steadily dwindled, the activity in Clarkdale's smelter slowed commensurately. But there was nothing similar - let alone equal - in how the two towns reacted to the loss of copper and other valuable ores.