Ores to Metals: The Rocky Mountain Smelting Industry


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Author: Fell, Jr., James E.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Pub Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: Book: Fair to Good.  Binding tight.  No tears, bends or folds.  Previous owner’s bookplate on front pastedown.  Smudging to bottom of text block.  Dust Jacket: One long crease on front from top to bottom near spine.  Some edge and corner wear.  Now in mylar.

Notes: Mining history.  After milling (smashing the ore into smaller pieces), smelting is the way to recover gold, silver, copper, lead, and other minerals.  From several hundred small smelters to the consolidations and mergers that lead (no pun intended) to ASARCO, the American Smelting and Refining Company.  Vertical integration, European technology, Eastern capital–it’s the All-American story.


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