was a major mining company that operated in the United States during the late
19th and early 20th centuries. It was known for its extensive mining operations
in Montana, particularly in the Butte-Anaconda mining district. Anaconda Copper
was founded in 1881 in Anaconda, Montana, by Marcus Daly, a copper magnate (as
opposed to a magnet, which copper isn't, unless an electric current is running
through it). The company quickly grew to become one of the largest copper
producers in the world. The Butte-Anaconda area was rich in copper, silver, and
other minerals, and became known as "The Richest Hill on Earth" due to the
enormous copper deposits found there. Anaconda Copper faced economic challenges
over the years, including fluctuations in copper prices and increased
environmental regulations. Anaconda provided defense and civilian companies with
the majority of their copper. World War II was long over by 1950 when this
advertisement appeared in The Saturday Evening Post magazine, but many
raw materials companies continued promoting to the public through such efforts.
In 1977, the company merged with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), becoming
ARCO's mining division.
Anaconda Copper Ad
Time's friendly enemy
Time and copper get along well together - because of one simple reason: Copper
chooses to ignore time completely.
For nature has given copper the great quality of almost eternal youth - the ability
to resist the slow but steady ravages of the elements, for centuries if need be.
How fortunate it is that so permanent a metal meets so many vital needs in our
modern way of life! For we depend on copper to bring us the benefits of electricity
... the conveniences of communication and transportation ... the comforts of ever-present
water, warmth and refrigeration in millions of our homes.
American industry, too, counts on brass and bronze, two important alloys of copper,
to provide it with highly "workable," and durable and attractive raw materials for
manufacturing finished products.
Is it any wonder then, that Anaconda, first in copper; brass and bronze, takes
such pride and satisfaction in these products of its mines and mills? For what other
metal can give the world so much lasting service and satisfaction - as copper?
First in Copper, Brass and Bronze
Big Ben, the Great 13 ton bronze bell that strides the hours over London, is
world-famous as the voice of time.
Posted September 13, 2023