GLENDALE

NAME: Glendale
COUNTY: Beaverhead
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Possible heavy snow in the winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring or Fall
COMMENTS: Located approximately 16 miles west of Melrose.
REMAINS: Smelter stack and a few buildings.
In 1875 a 40 ton lead smelter was built at Glendale to process silver and lead production from the local mines. It burned down in July of 1879, but was later rebuilt and enlarged. Ninety pound bars of bullion were shipped from the Glendale smelter to the American Smelting and Refining Company in Omaha, Nebraska for final refining. Kilns on nearby Canyon Creek supplied more than one million bushels of charcoal the smelter used annually. In 1893, the mines were hit hard when the Sherman Silver Purchase Act was repealed, causing a disastrous drop in the price of silver. More misfortune continued when the mines began to run out of high grade ore, and in 1900 the smelter at Glendale was torn down. Over a twenty year period, mines in the area produced over $22 million in silver and other metals. My Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother, William McLellan & Jessie (Smith) McLellan lived in Glendale from 1880 until at least 1883, when my Grandmother, Edith McLellan was born there. They had traveled to Glendale from Woodstock, New Brunswick. Submitted by: Peter D. Smith


Glendale
Courtesy Peter and Lisa Smith


Glendale
Courtesy Peter and Lisa Smith


Glendale
Courtesy Peter and Lisa Smith

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