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Ely Copper Mine

Title:
Ely Copper Mine
Town:
Vershire
County:
Orange
State:
Vermont
Date:
1896
Description:
The historic image gives a view of the town. There are boulders and railroad tracks in the foreground of the image. The tracks lead to several industrial building with tall, brick smokestacks on the left side of the photograph. There are houses and commercial buildings on the right side of town. A cleared hill slope with trees only on the ridgeline is visible in the background. Esther Munroe Swift writes on 2005-1-25: Copperfield was actually in the town of Vershire. The post office there was established at the Ely Copper Mines in 1827 and closed in 1883. Very early in Vermont's history copper had been found in Vershire and mined on a small scale. During the Civil War copper was much needed. In 1865 Smith Ely of New York City gained controlling interest in the mines. By 1880 the mines produced over 3 million tons of copper & 2,000 men worked the mines. So the town decided to change its name from Vershire to Ely. But by 1882 the mines were in serious financial difficulty & the town went back to being Vershire. The price of copper dropped and in 1883 the mines closed. Smith had no money to pay the miners who then rioted and what is known as the Ely War began. Ultimately, the state militia was sent to Vershire; miners were arrested; peace was restored and so ended the Ely War. The mines never re-opened as did the ones in Strafford in both world wars. N.B. Considerable confusion comes about because in 1927 the town of Fairlee adopted the Ely name for what had originally been called South Fairlee. That office is still in existence.
Filename:
LS01512_000.jpg
Size:
2671 x 1911 pixels; 373418 bytes
Original Filename:
913ELY COPPER MINE 1896.JPG
Keywords:
Earth Materials; Barns; Boulders; Buildings; Chimneys; Clearcutting; Commercial buildings; Conifers; Culture; Deciduous; Dwellings; Earth Materials; Forests and Plants; Geology; Grassland plants; Hills; Historic mines; Human Activity; Human Constructs; Landforms; Living Things; Logging; Mines and mineral resources; Nature; Ore deposits; Pebbles; Plants; Public buildings; Railroad tracks; Railroads; Roads; Roads,Earth; Sediments (Geology); Streets; Trees; Work; Business
Source:
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont
Submitted By:
Jens Hilke
Submitted On:
2004-01-27
Original Media:
Photograph
Times viewed:
4052
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