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Hill's Black Hawk Smelter

Updated 2020-06-11
  • Nathaniel Hill

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    After visiting Colorado in the mid-1860s, Hill recognized that miners in the region needed a new extraction method to separate metals from ore. He turned to smelting and secured investors to build a smelter in Black Hawk (pictured here), which opened in 1868 as Colorado's first successful smelter. It revitalized the territory's mining industry.
    Nathaniel Hill
  • Argo Smelter

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    In 1879 Hill decided to move his Boston and Colorado Smelting Company from Black Hawk to a more central location in Denver. His company built the Argo Smelter (depicted here) two miles north of Denver. The surrounding area was listed as a Superfund site in 1999.
    Argo Smelter
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