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Saints John Smelter

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1869, Boston Silver Mining Association. 1 mile south of Montezuma in the ghost mining town of Saints John

One of the largest early smelters is a ruin today. Near remnants of a smelter stack, a hillside powder house (1872) remains, built of super-strong brick supposedly brought from Swansea, Wales. Ore processing efforts here were undermined by newer, improved smelters elsewhere and by the hostile climate at 10,800 feet.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Saints John Smelter", [Keystone, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 466-466.

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