Thu, July 18

1915: JEROME; United Verde Smelter Closes, August 28.


"Arrivals from Jerome yesterday stated the United Verde Company has set a date for banking the fire of its old smelter, and after September 1, this historical plant would pass into memory. The old gives way to the new, and henceforth Clarkdale will be the reduction center of the big mine."

"This smelter has had a remarkable career, and was the first established over 30 years ago, when the United Verde was in its infant rating, and its primitive plant was rated as ahead of its productive ability in so far as smelting principles of an advanced stage were to be considered. Around the old familiar works again will the scene be shifted, to recall the day when the Wade Hampton and Eureka were slumbering in their stillness only to be awakened when human foresight solved one of the biggest hidden treasures the world has ever known."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; Wednesday, September 1, 1915; page 2; from Thursday's Daily.)

"SILENCE REIGNS WHERE ONCE WAS LIFE: Old Smelting Plant of United Verde Goes Out of Commission on Saturday Night."

"Arrivals in Prescott Sunday afternoon from Jerome, reported that on Saturday night at exactly 6:30 o'clock, the old smelter of the United Verde Copper Company went out of commission after a continuous run day and night since early in 1886."

"The shutdown is permanent, and the old plant gives way to the modern at Clarkdale, is the reason for banking the fires and closing the career of this historical smelter that has made history for Yavapai county. As the last red metal dripped into the mould, there was a scene in which sentiment plays its final act in this mineral drama of other days."

"James A. MacDonald, vice president of the company; Thomas Taylor, superintendent of smelters; Will L. Clark, general manager; LeRoy Anderson, general counsel; scores of employees, and a large gathering of old time residents of Jerome were present at the mechanical obsequies of this historical center. Mr. Taylor recalled 21 years ago, when he first went up the hill to assume charge, and with Mr. MacDonald, both were deeply affected as silence again reigned in what was once a scene of animation. The dismantling of the old plant has commenced, and what machinery is of service will be taken to Clarkdale."

"Old-time residents present stated that during the infancy of smelting operations by the United Verde, a dense growth of pines abounded in that region, but which time has obliterated. Other reminiscences of the early history of this big property also were revived and a fitting climax of such an unusual scene came when hundreds of copper souvenirs were distributed to the many present to refresh the memory of other days."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; Wednesday, September 1, 1915; page 2.)