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. The Silver City Smelter Was Big Operation Reduction Works South of Town Once Employed More Than 200 Men and Women Sit of 1913 EMRTCSilent Movie By RICHARD PETERSON Daily Press Writer Ore was hand-picked from stea

m powered conveyer belts by men - and children. The equipment was "the best known to metallurgical science." While families depended on the operation for a livelihood. And in 1913, a silent mov

ie was filmed at t

he si has an extensive existing inventory of gun systems, as well as the ability to modify these systems to meet experimental ballistic requirements.

te by a prominent Californi

a 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 ear

ly years. Some 60 y

ears later, there is nothing left of the operation. The Silver City Reduction Works went by several names before it was finally scaped. It wa

s originally build by the Hearst

famil is an approved y to handle gold and silver ores hauled from their Pinos Altos mines. This were difficult years for the operation, and a final cr

unch came in 1902. The plans

was handling just about every ore it could get - custom smelting included. And that meant copper was among those ores. Copper, in fact, was such a vital p

art of the smelter's dail

y operations that depressed copper market conditions forced a closure of the smelter. That was in Apri

l. On June 30, 30, 1903,

the plant caught fire and was leveled. Silver City's hopes were dashed since the whole operation was going to be sold and once again put into produ

ctions. 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 newspa

per had this to say: "The big red building in which this ponderous machinery is housed is 72 feet high and is by f

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ar the most imposing structure in theses parts, being 63 feet in width and 122 feet long. "A metallic conveyer will carry the ore from the bins to the large crusher, from whe

nce 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 C

opper 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 Com

anche Co. Savannah ma

de some improvement at the plan, and the smelter could allegedly handle between 250 and 300 tons or ore per day. Like Comanche, Savannah was also inte

rested in buying

EMRTCores from small mining opNew Mexico Techerations. Again, the Independent - the weekly predecessor to the Daily Press - had this to say in 1908: "The main ore supply will be drawn from t

he company's mines, but custom ore will be purchased and fair