Construction Photo Album of the McGill Concentrator and Smelter [132997]

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Construction Photo Album of the McGill Concentrator and Smelter   [132997]
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These two albums contain photographs and diazo copies of photographs of the construction of the concentrator and smelter by Nevada Copper Corporation from 1907 to 1908. This facility processed copper ores from the mines around Ruth, just west of Ely, Nevada. The scale of the construction recorded in these photos is amazing and includes construction of a high wooden trestle to bring ore to the top of the concentrator building, the foundation and subsequent raising of the reverberatory furnace smokestack, the installation of a hydro-electric powerhouse and so much more. One album includes eight-two, 8 x 10-inch, black and white photographs (and one blue & white diazo copy photo) that chronicle the construction of the McGill concentrator and smelter along with photos of the Ruth and Veteran mines. This includes three black and white negative panoramas of the Ruth townsite. The other album, labeled Chief Engineer's Office, contains ninety-four, 7.5 x 10-inch, blue & white diazo copies of black and white photos, a few repeated from the first album, that have been annotated with handwritten and typed information. Almost every photo in both albums are labeled with their location and the direction of view. In 1932, Kennecott Copper Company acquired the McGill facility and operated it until declining grades at the Ruth mine and falling copper prices worldwide forced the closure of Kennecott's entire McGill operations. The enormous site has since been demolished and cleared -- leaving bare ground between the remaining town of McGill and the Duck Creek Mountain Range -- and nothing but these photographs to memorialize the monumental work that was done there at the turn of the 20th century.

Date: 1907-08
Country (if not USA):
State: Nevada
City: McGill