Historical Moment

Historical Moment

Drop in copper price sealed the fate of Crofton Smelter

Nothing much remains of the old Crofton smelter except for the black slag below the Crofton Seawalk.

In 1902, the smelter opened under the direction of Montanan H.C. Bellinger with connections to Henry Croft’s Lenora copper mine.

By 1907, the price of copper dropped, and the death of the smelter became imminent.