Vanadium Corporation of America (VCA) Naturita Mill, Grinding Rod Mill, 3 miles Northwest of Naturita, between Highway 141, Naturita, Montrose County, CO
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER CO-81-D
Building/structure dates: 1960 initial construction
Significance: The VCA Naturita Mill Office Building was constructed in 1960-61 as part of an effort to reconstruct the facility as an experimental uranium and vanadium ore concentrating facility. Between 1958 (when the milling operation had closed) and 1961, VCA had been paying miners to ship raw ore to the company's Durango mill. By first concentrating the ore at Naturita, VCA hoped to greatly reduce the volume of ore shipped to Durango, and correspondingly reduce the company's shipping costs...
Uranium Processing Plants
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. VIEW TO EAST, FRONT AND SIDE.
2. DETAIL OF CONVEYOR BELT PATH AND CATWALK, NORTHEAST VIEW.
3. INTERIOR, SOUTHEAST VIEW.
4. DETAIL OF GEARWELL AND GENERATOR, WEST VIEW.
5. DETAIL OF ROD MILL BASE AND CONVEYOR BELT SUPPORT, EAST VIEW.
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