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Copper Mine

Title:
Copper Mine
Town:
Vershire
County:
Orange
State:
Vermont
Date:
1860 - 1883
Description:
The stereoview shows a mine entrance with tracks emerging from the mine. The hill has few trees on it. Note the laundry hanging out to dry. The hill behind the mine opening has few trees and areas where active erosion is occurring. Back reads, "Vermont Copper Mines Vershire, VT. Railway leading out of the mines. Looking North." Esther Munroe Swift writes on 2005-5-19: Very early in Vermont 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. Utimately 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.
Filename:
LS04987_000.jpg
Size:
3614 x 1840 pixels; 1703773 bytes
Original Filename:
SV1076_.jpg
Keywords:
Buildings; Culture; Geology; Hills; Human Activity; Human Constructs; Landforms; Landslides; Living Things; Mass-wasting; Men; Mines and mineral resources; Nature; Ore deposits; Outcrops (Geology); People; Plant communities; Tailings embankments; Wooden-frame buildings; Work;
Source:
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont
Submitted By:
Shelley Snyder
Submitted On:
2004-07-19
Original Media:
Stereoview
Relative Dating Rationale:
Stereoview
Times viewed:
7505
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