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The mine at Jerome was shipping 12 railroad cars of 25% copper ore daily, and plans were made to build a smelter.
One year before the new smelter at Clarkdale began operations and four years before the new smelter at Verde/Clemenceau began filling the skies with smoke, farms, orchards, and vineyards were thriving. Irrigation water from artesian wells drilled after 1911 and ditch development brought agricultural prosperity to valley farmers who sold what they produced to the residents of the mining and smelter towns.
The proposed dam was expected to be built until the stock market crashed during October.
Camp Taylor will be rehabilitated for over-night camping.
Phoenix Cement Company began operations during 1959 and will begin an expansion plan during the fall of 1960 which includes the addition of another rotary kiln.
Arizona men voted on November 5, 1912, to give women the right to vote and hold public office. Arizona was one of the last to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1920.
Cutting wood on public lands became regulated and resulted in a Supreme Court decision.
Jerome is an orderly town with handsome residences and businesses lighted by electricity. There are 2 churches, a school, and a company hospital.
The journey from Jerome Junction to Jerome on the United Verde & Pacific Railway included a stop at the "city" of Davis, a lumber station.
The Community Sanitation Program came into existence as one of many work relief projects during December of 1933.
There are 400 acres available near the Middle Verde Reservation and 400 acres available near Lynx Lake east of Prescott.
Cottonwood businessmen move to Clarkdale
The travelers visited Camp Verde, Montezuma Castle, Soda Springs, Montezuma Well, etc., before returning to Jerome, Jerome Junction, and Prescott.
A traveler's impressions of the scenery, mines, smelter, and Town of Jerome.
The constantly changing wind made fire fighting more difficult.
The cultivation of grapes and manufacture of wine is a nice business in the Verde Valley.
Herbicide used to kill weeds and Johnson grass poisoned fish and other aquatic life.
The new building at the United Verde Copper Company smelter houses the concentration plant.
This marks the first attempt at developing the non-metallic mineral resources in Arizona.
Cases of scarlet fever, whooping cough, chicken pox, and measles were all reported to the health officials at Jerome.
The mining camp is still overcrowded and it is almost impossible to get a place to sleep unless accommodations have been reserved in advance.
The December snow storms were followed by rain during January.
South of Cottonwood, the furnace fires have been extinguished in the smelter at Clemenceau.
Men on horseback carried mail from Camp Verde to Pine and Payson from 1884 until 1914. A special commemorative pony mail run re-enactment honored the historic mail carriers on January 27, 1968.
J. J. Fisher discovered a small sliver of unclaimed land, then it was patented by Elizabeth C. Fisher. After Mr. Fisher died in 1911, the property attracted the attention of James S. Douglas.
The road was proposed during 1946, and built south from Williams 20 miles to the Coconino County line by 1969. Consideration was given to building a railroad route from the Verde Valley to connect with the Williams-Grand Canyon railroad for a scenic network.
The United Verde Copper Company started up on August 1, 1887, after being closed since December, 1884.
During an eclipse of the sun at Camp Verde on July 29, 1878, the temperature fell 32 degrees in 30 minutes. People in Jerome witnessed a partial eclipse of the sun on June 8, 1917.
Near the ruin of an ancient civilization, "Old West" pioneer wagons and other relics are displayed at this modern trailer park.
Babbitt's Cottonwood Lumber moved from "Old Town" to their new building on the 89A Bypass in the hope that the larger space would help provide better service and a wider range of products to their Verde Valley customers.
Raging water in Deception Gulch was 12 to 15 feet deep. Roads were washed out and mines became isolated.
Trouble grew out of businessmen employing a "scab" to lead the Jerome Hose Team in the race at Prescott.
The "water salvage" program and cutting trees in the Verde Valley has ended for 1969, but the long-term project will continue.
The old boarding house was remodeled and opened as Cottonwood Funeral Chapel on September 15, 1949. The building was reconstructed during 1968, and remodeling was completed during 1970.
Construction began during 1898, and the church was dedicated during 1903. Now people are expressing an interest in saving the building.
Because the factory, said to be owned by a Russian, is out of business, parties who owe various sums of money for goods purchased will attempt to evade payment of their debts.
Lee and Oma Bird constructed a building in 1945, which became the Oak Creek Market in conjunction with the Oak Creek Tavern. The Cowboy Artists of America, Inc., was founded there on June 23, 1965.
The new high school is planned, 2 new locomotives have arrived, there is new machinery for the Cleopatra Copper Co., and law enforcement officials are kept busy.
Plans to build a non-profit hospital and health care facility at Cottonwood were announced in Prescott by J. H. Morgan, attorney for Mrs. Carrie J. Lawrence.
George Smith, a mine foreman, had been drinking in Jerome. He was riding in a freight wagon toward the Iron King mine when he fell off the wagon. A nearby couple was asked to take care of him. His body was found 3 days later heaped up in the rocks.
Congress recently enacted new laws and provided a budget for the deportation of people who have illegally entered the United States.
Following a heated argument, Kosta Katich fired a revolver wounding Emil Kovacovich and William S. Kirby.
By February, new Camp Lincoln had about 123 enlisted men, 3 officers, a surgeon, and 16 women, all living in primitive conditions without tents, adequate clothing or shoes, and insufficient rations.
Discover entertaining new information about the second oldest profession, the origin of Sheep Bridge and why it was built high above the Verde River.
In spite of the fire, The Verde Independent came out on time on Thursday, May 2, 1957.
Only 182 of the required 250 miners reported for work at the United Verde Copper Company, and only 65 of the required 100 miners reported for work at the United Verde Extension Mining Company on February 13, 1919. The mines closed, and with no ore available, the smelters at Clarkdale and Verde were forced to close.
An era of prosperity is prevailing from one end of the Verde Valley to the other.
A streak of exceptional high grade ore had previously been taken out. Steam shovels discovered the old tunnels and the ore that remained in place.
"It will be some time before the leaders can settle among themselves the bitter feelings engendered by the disaster of November. ... After a political defeat the defeated fall out among themselves, instead of trying to find the real reason for the disaster, with a view to avoiding the defeat factors in the future."
Jerome had 15 inches of snow on the ground before Christmas.
"The year was 1921, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gray had just been married a year. Mrs. Gray was the daughter of the pioneer Verde Valley family of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Jordan who lived in the big two-story red house beside the present Evalyn Jordan home at Bridgeport."
"Indications are that there will be general activity in the Cherry Creek District this coming year. Several new companies are being organized among the best mining men of the State. Capital is being interested in California, Ohio, Chicago and other places east."
"When the United Verde Extension struck ore it hit with a resounding blow that was heard all over the mining world. The people who inhabit every quarter of the globe heard it. It started something."
"One of the interesting financial developments of the past week has been the forming of a syndicate composed principally of well-known financial interests of Arizona for the purchase of a copper property in the Jerome district consisting of 32 claims, approximately 640 acres, and well known in and around Jerome as the 'square mile of mineral land.' The syndicate which has purchased this property will organize under the name of the 'Big Jerome Copper Company' and it is its intention to immediately begin an aggressive development campaign on the large acreage it has acquired."
"The magic of mining has been well exemplified in the Jerome district the last two years. When Senator Clark decided to build a new smelter for his United Verde mine output, he determined at the same time upon the founding of a model mining town. Practically with the ways of the magic wand of money, Clarksdale sprang into existence. Today Clarksdale is a thriving city, but unlike camps of mushroom growth, it is built to stay as long as the big smelter is supplied with ore from the mine which has made Clark many times a millionaire. Clarksdale will grow and prosper."
"In an exclusive report to the 'Verde Copper News' today it was disclosed that an appropriation of $100,000 for the construction of the Oak Creek Canyon highway was agreed upon at the conference of officials of the United States Bureau of Public Roads, the Forest Service and the state highway department, held in Phoenix Thursday. The allocation will permit construction of the road from Sedona to Indian Gardens, work to begin July 1, 1928."