Tacoma Illustrated

Tacoma Illustrated
Her History, Growth & Resources
A Comprehensive Review of the 
City of Destiny
Chapter 3


By Holice, Pam, and Deb

Extra special thanks to Holice B. Young for transcribing this book.  The excellent work she does continues to help many researchers!  Thanks also, to Pam Rietsch, for sharing her books with genealogists!


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We have the largest smelter on the Pacific Coast nearly completed, and ready to start up for actual work some time this fall. Over $200,000 have been expended already, and if all the buildings contained in the plans are completed, the cost will probably be as much more. The smelter is being built by the Dennis Ryan Syndicate of St. Paul--a syndicate wealthy enough to put up such a plant as ought to be in operation in this growing country.

The flue dust chamber and the smoke stack contain nearly 2,500,000 brick. the main building and flu chamber have been built to take in seven smoke stacks. The boiler house has room for two more boilers. The calcining building is 84X101 feet, and the two furnaces--already erected--are each 17X71 feet. The interior of these furnaces are lined with fire brick that cost 5 cents each.

The flue dust chamber is 10 feet square and 440 feet in length; this is connected with the chimney, which if of the same diameter at the base.

Each of the two furnaces will smelt 80 tons per day, and will require 25 tons of coke.

The smelter will be prepared to handle gold, silver, lead, and copper ores, and will tart up wit these two completed furnaces and employ 150 men. When the full complement of seven furnaces is finished, 10,000 men will be necessary to do the requisite work of smelting the 560 tons of ore daily required. At present the capacity will be 160 tons of ore daily, with 150 employees, on three eight-hour shifts--day and night. A consignment of 1,000 tons lead-silver "concentrates" from Dennis Ryan's "Gold Hunter" mine in the Coeur d'Alene, is expected soon to arrive, when work will then commence. The syndicate is now making arrangements to contract to smelt 5,000 tons of Alaska ores per month, and it will also receive silver ore as ballast from South American lumber vessels. Surely, the day of small things in the mining industry of Tacoma has passed, and we are well on our way to become a mining center.

There are few persons who can realize what the smelter will do for Tacoma in a financial way. The shipping from this city of quantities of precious ores to our Eastern financial centers, will make Tacoma the principal point for the buying of exchange, and will so help to make her the great financial center of the Pacific Coast.

This may seem rather a broad assertion, but why so? The Alaska resources of precious ores are practically boundless, as are also those of the Coeur d'Alene and other districts; precious ores will be sent continually to New York and thus there will at all times be a balance in favor of Tacoma, which naturally will give this city the prestige when exchange on New York is wanted.

No one can compute the extent of the benefit from a smelter the size of the present one at Tacoma, particularly in view of the city's superior location for everything pertaining to transportation, general commerce, manufactures and finances; we wish to bring this as strongly before the reader as possible.




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