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Clayton in Custer County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Clayton Smelter

 
 
Clayton Smelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
1. Clayton Smelter Marker
Inscription. Lead-silver mineral discoveries 12 miles north of here on Bayhorse Creek in 1864 and 1872 led Joel E. Clayton to locate a large smelter here in 1880.
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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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
Clayton Smelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
2. Clayton Smelter Marker
. 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 San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Site of the Clayton Smelter image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
3. Site of the Clayton Smelter
I wonder how much waste went into the river?
Silver Bars at the Clayton Smelter image. Click for full size.
Clayton Area Historical Association
4. Silver Bars at the Clayton Smelter
Clayton Area Historical Association Museum image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
5. Clayton Area Historical Association Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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