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Founded by aspiring industrialist William Rust to maintain political control over the area surrounding his smelter, the town of Ruston has been the center of much larger political battles than its small size would imply. Even as the Guggenheim empire bought and integrated the smelter into its American Smelting and Refining Company (Asarco) in 1905, the small community flourished outside the smelter gates with homes, shops, and more than its fair share of boarding houses and taverns for the working men. Incorporated in 1906, the company town remained fiercely loyal to Asarco as national environmental battles were fought over smelter operations and impacts in the 1970s. Once the smelter furnaces cooled in 1985 and its stack tumbled in 1993, new residents upgraded the working-class neighborhood into a high-end enclave with panoramic views of Commencement Bay, Mount Rainer, and the Olympic Mountains.
ISBN: 9780738575742
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 183
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Local historian Karen Pickett has gathered the most telling images of Ruston's early heritage from local archives, town residents, and her personal collection. Pickett provided community relations for Asarco for over a decade with unique access to company history as well as her active involvement as a resident in Ruston. T he Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
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