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the best known to metallurgical science." While families 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, makin

g mining in the

Grant County possible in those early years. S
ome 60 years later, there is nothing left of the operation. The Silver City Reduction Works went by several names before it was finall

d a final crunch came in 1902. The plans was handling just abou
t every ore it could get - custom smelting included. And that meant copper was among those ores. Copper, in fact, was such a vital part of the smelter's daily operations that depressed copper market condit

ation was going to be sold and once again put into productio
ns. The sale took place anyway, and Comanche Mining Smelting Co. was the new owner. The reduction works were build on a larger scale. In 1906, the newspaper had thi

oused is 72 feet high and is by far the most imposing structure in th
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eses parts, being 63 fee

t in width and 122 feet long. "A metallic conveyer will carry
the ore from the bins to the large crusher, from whence it will be elevated... the oversize of this going to the picking belt were boys and men will be employed to pick out the different classes of ore that is to go direct to the smelter. "The water for the mill will be pumped from the arroyo, which passes through Silver City and past the smelter... The little Silver City, Pinos Altos & Mogollon railroad hauled ore to this smelter, but only briefly. Comanche was absorbed by Savannah Copper Company which operated the plant for a short time. Even at first, Savannah was caught up in the dream that first captured the Hearst family, and later the Comanche Co. Savannah made some improvement at the plan, and the smelter could alleg

edly handle between 250

and 300 tons or ore pe

r day. Like Comanche, Savannah was also interested in buying ores from small mining operations. Again, the Independent - the weekly predecessor to the Daily Press - had this to say in 1908: "The main ore supply will be drawn froEMRTC.

m the company's mines, ut cb

ustom ore will be pur

chased and fair and square treatment accorded the miner," it said. The whole operation - like the narrow-gauge railroad - never really panned out. The opera

eresting events." Fielding directed a mock labor riot

National Domestic Preparedness Councilat the smelter and 200 actors rushed up the 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, the 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

Ditch" is filled with illegally dumped trash. Rusted pipes protrude from the ground. Twisted iron lies with

scattered, broken

h to see. There are the tailings, the slag, and with some ima