Hadley Smelter Photograph Collection, 1906  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hadley Smelter Photograph Collection
1906 (inclusive)
.03 cubic feet (1 folder)
6 photographic prints ; 8 1/2 x 7 1/4
Collection Number
Photographs of the Hadley copper smelter in Hadley, Alaska
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
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Box 352900
Seattle, WA
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Hadley is a former smelter and sawmill town on Lyman Anchorage on the north side of the Kasaan Peninsula on Prince of Wales Island. The town was named for "uncle" John Hadley who built the first cabin on the site and was said to have been the first man to stake a mining claim on the Kasaan Peninsula. Settlers built a sawmill there in 1903. The smelter at Hadley belonged to the Alaska Smelting and Refining Company. It consisted of a blast furnace, sampling mill, coal and coke bins, ore bunkers, boiler room, engine house and an electric-light plant. Smelting operations began December 5, 1905. The plant was closed in September, 1907 however ore continued to be shipped through Hadley to smelters elsewhere. The sawmill burned in 1915 and a fire closed the principal mine in 1918.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs from the copper smelter in Hadley, Alaska. Photographs show the aerial tramway as well as the tramway terminal at the smelter and the blasting furnace.

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Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1  Aerial tramway from Mamie and Stevenstown Mines to Hadley Smelter
The aerial tramway was 5,500 feet in length and was used to transport raw ore from the mines to the smelter.
1 2  Tramline as seen from the Hadley smelter 1906
1 3  Receiving end of the copper smelter tramway 1906
1 4  Tramway terminal at the Hadley Smelter 1906
1 5  Copper furnace at the Hadley Smelter
The Hadley copper blast furnace had a production capacity of 350 tons daily. In 1906, the furnace was in blast about twenty days each month.
1 6  Stump of a spruce tree growing over a fallen tree
The area was cleared to make room for the smelter as well as aerial and horse drawn tramway. The horse-drawn tramway was 7,700 feet long and connected with the beach. It was used to carry supplies.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Aerial tramways--Alaska--Photographs
  • Mine haulage--Alaska--Photographs
  • Smelting furnaces--Alaska--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Alaska Smelting and Refining Company
  • Geographical Names :
  • Hadley (Alaska)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)