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Anvil Mountain

Silverton, Colorado

Constructed in 1882, the Martha Rose/Walsh Smelter site outside of Silverton included a 20-ton smelting plant along with an ore crushing facility and coal-fired blast furnace that produced silver, lead, and gold during its heyday. After treating over 100 tons of ore, the facility permanently closed in 1897. For over 100 years, the site sat idle while changing ownership several times. The smelter site was selected for redevelopment due to its flat terrain, lack of development in the surrounding area, and close proximity to the town’s infrastructure.


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