PUEBLO COUNTY, COLORADO historic photographs

 

COLORADO SMELTING COMPANY, 1885 – 1887

 

A significant group of photographs previously owned by ROBERT CARL STICHT, chief chemist and assistant metallurgist of The Colorado Smelting Company, Pueblo, Colorado, 1884 – 1894.  After a decade in Colorado smelting, Sticht, on the recommendation of Dyer Peters, a noted American mining consultant, became the chief chemist and metallurgist of the Mt. Lyell Mining Company, near Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia.  While there, Sticht perfected a pyritic copper smelting process that dramatically improved the recovery  of mineral values for the Mt. Lyell properties.

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Robert Carl Sticht, 1856 – 1922, chemist and metallurgist.

 

During his employment with The Colorado Smelting Company, Robert Sticht was assistant chemist and metallurgist to Otto H. Hahn.  Hahn, at the time, was working for The American Mining and Smelting Company of Leadville.  But Hahn could not resist the opportunity his friend, Anton Eilers, offered him.  Eilers owned The Colorado Smelting Company, built in 1883 – 1884 to  process the silver ores of the Madonna Mine, located in the Monarch Mining District, Chaffee County, Colorado.  As Eilers expanded his smelting plant’s capacity, more and more silver ores arrived from Leadville and other Colorado silver mining district.  The silver ore market continued to grow, and soon the Pueblo smelters competed with the Denver smelters for tonnage.  In the mid-1880s, the Pueblo Smelting and Refining Company entered the silver-lead market.  This firm, and that of The Colorado Smelting would later merge, as did the Guggenheims’ Philadelphia Smelting & Refining Company and many others, responding to the increasing competition within the industry.  Then, in 1899, The Colorado Smelting Company became the core business around which The American Smelting and Refining Company was formed.  Anton Eilers and the Guggenheims combined their resources to form what would become one of the most influential companies in western American mining — The American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO). 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 1b

Boudoir-card: Property of the Colorado Smelting Company, Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado circa 1885. No photographer indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 2b

Boudoir-card: Colorado Smelting Co., 1885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 3b

Boudoir-card: Colorado Smelting Co., 1885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 4b

Boudoir-card: Colorado Smelting Co., 1885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 5b

Boudoir-card: silver “buttons” and “bars” in yard of The Pueblo Smelting & Refining Co., Pueblo, Colorado, 1887.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 6b

Boudoir-card: Pueblo Smelting & Refining Co., 1887, Pueblo, Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 7b

Boudoir-card: The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885, interior view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 8b

Boudoir-card: The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885, fuel room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 9b

Boudoir-card: The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885, piston room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 10b

Boudoir-card: The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 11b

Boudoir-card: The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885.  Union Pacific train cars on right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boudoir-card: water supply on the property of The Colorado Smelting Company, 1885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 12b

Boudoir-card: The Colorado Smelting Co., assay office, 1885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boudoir card: management housing on the property of The Colorado Smelting Company, Pueblo, Colorado, 1885. Robert Carl Sticht, standing, fourth from the right. Sticht was an assistant chemist and metallurgist who later was significant to the copper mining industry of Tasmania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boudoir-card: management housing on the property of The Colorado Smelting Co., 1887.  Robert Sticht fifth from the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 14b

Boudoir-card: management housing, The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885, Pueblo, Colorado.  Eilers home on Company property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 15b

Boudoir-card: management housing, The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885, Pueblo, Colorado.  Anton Eilers home on The Colorado Smelting Company property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 16b

Boudoir-card: Housing on the property of The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885, Pueblo, Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 17b

Boudoir-card: management housing on grounds of The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885, Pueblo, Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 18b

Boudoir-card: Anton Eilers and management on grounds of The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885, Pueblo, Colorado.  Anton Eilers, standing, second from left.  Karl Eilers, standing, fourth from left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 19b

Boudoir-card: work crew, The Colorado Smelting Co., 1885.  On left, lower row, there is a carpenter and a stonemason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boudoir-card: part of the work force at the Colorado Smelting Company, Pueblo, Colorado, 1885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boudoir card: part of the work force at the Colorado Smelting Company plant, Pueblo, Colorado, 1885.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 20b

Boudoir-card: work crew, 1885, The Colorado Smelting Co., Pueblo, Colorado.  This image appears to be that of smelter workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado Smelting Co Pueblo 21b

Boudoir-card: housing on property of The Colorado Smelting Co., Pueblo, Colorado, 1885. Robert Carl Sticht, Sr., standing near porch column (left), previous owner of photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group of 25 original boudoir-card photographs related to metallurgist Robert Carl Sticht and The Colorado Smelting Company, circa 1885 – 1887. 

 

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