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Title
A smelter at a mammoth copper mine in Shasta County, California, ca.1900
Creator
Pierce, C.C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1900
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
Collection
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Rights Information
Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license--http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--Credit both “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” as the source. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
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Description
Photograph of a smelter at a mammoth copper mine in Shasta County, California, ca.1900. Lumber and other types of raw material lay scattered across the mining area. Many of the people can be seen working around a skeletal structure that appears to be still under construction. A little further up the mountain is the smelter(?). It stands about 2 stories tall. A ditch dug from half way up the mountain runs all the way down into the thick forest (foreground). At left, there's a train car with the name "Oregon Short Line, 5126" stenciled on it.
"The remaining copper extract is about 30% pure, and needs further refining. This is done through a process called smelting. To smelt an ore, it is heated to very high temperatures, causing the non-copper elements to react with the oxygen in the air, which is expelled as a gas. What is left is mostly copper (greater than 92% pure) which is usually rolled out onto sheets." -- unknown author.
Type
image
Format
2 photographs : glass photonegative, photoprints, b&w
21 x 26 cm.
glass plate negatives
photographic prints
photographs
Identifier
chs-m17310
USC-1-1-1-14199 [Legacy record ID]
CHS-5202
http://doi.org/10.25549/chs-m17310
http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/CHS-5202.jpg
Subject
Mines and mineral resources
Mining--Shasta County--General
Mine sites
Time Period
circa 1900
Place
California
Kennett
Shasta
USA
Source
1-112-3 [Microfiche number]
5202 [Accession number]
CHS-5202 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
Relation
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960
USC
chs-m265

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