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Title:
Ely Copper Mine
Town:
Vershire
County:
Orange
State:
Vermont
Date:
1896
Description:
The historic image shows a pile of mine spoils on a rocky, barren hill slope. There are several buildings around the mine and what appear to be tracks for a mine car. 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 & 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 & 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:
LS01535_000.jpg
Size:
2823 x 1919 pixels; 474542 bytes
Original Filename:
914ELY COPPER MINE 3 1896.JPG
Keywords:
Earth Materials; Boulders; Buildings; Culture; Dwellings; Earth Materials; Excavation; Geology; Hills; Historic mines; Human Activity; Human Constructs; Industrial buildings; Landforms; Landscapes; Machinery; Mines and mineral resources; Mining machinery; Nature; Ore deposits; Outcrops (Geology); Railroad tracks; Railroads; Roads; Roads,Earth; Rocks; Rural; Sand; Sediments (Geology); Spoil banks; Tailings embankments; Wooden-frame buildings; Work; Open_fields
Source:
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont
Submitted By:
Jens Hilke
Submitted On:
2004-01-27
Original Media:
Photograph
Times viewed:
5912
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