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furnished amusement for 2,000 people scattered over the surrounding hills watching the interesting events." Fielding directed a mock labor riot at the smelter and 200 actors rushed up the /Kerosene engines and LOX/hill behind the smelter and set fire to the water tanks. As they rand down the hill, the tanks blew up. "The site was a beautiful one, th and 77,000 standard cubic feet (fuel). Two e tanks being shot fully 200 feet in the air and the rioters and spectators were covered with a shower of slingers and rocks." Later, when part of the narrow-gauge railroad was to be exploded, the cap didn't go off. Undaunted, Fielding grabbed a pistol and fired at the dynamite. The following day, and old oil house near the smelter was also blown up as part of the bridge scene. Today, there isn't much left of the operation. Large black sl

ag pileLH2 s are gradually being 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 sewer plant south of town leads right by the 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 EMRTCfamilies depended on the operation for a livelihood. And in 1913, a silent 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 yea

rs later, the

The long-term testing goals of EMRTCre 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 P/inos Altos mines. This were difficult y

ears for the operation is to work diligently with its customers to find the best solutions for meeting the needs and expectations of everyone concerned. This , and/Customer Teaming approach is paramount to providing the lowest cost service in the shortest time possible, thereby helping to significantly reduce testing costs.

a final crunch came in 1902. The plans was handling just about every ore it could get - custom smelting included. And that m

eant copp © 2001-2011 er was among those ores. Copper, in fact,