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ing hauled away from Grant County's driveways and highways. The "Big Ditch" is
filled with illegally dumped trash. Rusted pipes protrude from the ground. Twisted iron
lies with scattered, broken brick.
The burned foundation of the old Continental Ore and Chemical Co. fluorspar concen-
tratorfrom Wold War II rests on the ruins of the old Silver City Reduction Works.
A road toward the s
ewer plant south of town leads right
he old operation. There's
not much to see. There are the tailings, the slag, and with some imagination, there's
the old Silver City smelter.
The Silver City Smelter
Was Big Operation
Reduction Works South of Town
Once Employed More Than
200 Men and Women
Sit of 1913 Silent Movie
By RICHARD PETERSON
Daily Press Writer
Ore was hand-picked from steam powered conveyer belts by men - and children.
The equipment was "the best known to metallurgical science." While families depended on the operat
ion for a livelihood. And in 1913, a
nt movie was filmed at the site by a prominent California movie company which later merged with Warner Brothers.
It was the Silver City Reduction Works, the pride of Silver City and which fro a brief time was a boon to the economy, making mining in the Grant County possible
in those early years. Some 60 year
r, there is nothing left of the operation.
The Silver City Reduction Works went by several names before it was finally scaped.
It was originally build by the Hearst family to handle gold and silver ores hauled from their Pinos Altos mines.
This were difficult years for the operation, and a final crunch came in 1902. The
plans was handling just about every ore it could get - custom smelting included. And th
at meant copper was among those ores.