C&H Smelter

On Borrowed Time


In addition to the electrolytic plant, loco house, and old furnace buildings, one other structure of note remains from the long vanished C&H smelter complex. That building is seen above, a long steel framed structure sitting along a steep hillside. This is the facility’s mineral house, a structure used to …

A Smelter’s Legacy


In the beginning the great C&H relied on a third party to smelt its copper – the Detroit and Lake Superior Smelter in Ripley. This arrangement would not last long, as C&H’s quickly got to thinking that it could smelt its own copper at its own facility at far less …