Clayton in Custer County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Doubled in size in 1888, Clayton's smelter has enough variety of ores from local mines to continue production until 1902. A modern flotation plant followed for six years after 1919. When silver prices rose in 1935. Clayton became southern Idaho's primary silver producer, operating steadily for more than 50 years.
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 416.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society series list.
Location. 44° 15.524′ N, 114° 24.118′ W. Marker is in Clayton, Idaho, in Custer County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 75 and Kinnikinic Road, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 75. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clayton ID 83227, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are Tollgate Station (approx. 14.6 miles away); Alex Toponce (approx. 14.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Idaho Mining and Smelter Company - Clayton Idaho Historical Association. Production costs were high for this pioneering Idaho smelter as coke was imported all the way from Pennsylvania for its first two years of operation. In order to make the smelting process more efficient, charcoal was being prepared locally as a substitute for the coke. In 1882 forty-eight men were employed in producing 180,000 bushels of charcoal to maintain the smelting operation each year. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.