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Location DB > United States > Colorado > Denver > ASARCO Globe Smelter Site
ASARCO Globe Smelter Site
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created by Luna on 11/25/2009 10:13 AM
last modified by Impfac on 8/15/2015 10:42 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
An 89 acre property which houses a century old smelter and refinery. Still lots of equipment from its refining days, and many buildings and warehouses.

Interestingly enough, Globe actually processed some of the ore from another place in the Colorado LDB - Gilman. (New Jersey Zinc)

Its a very toxic, dangerous place to explore. The pollution is actually still in the air, dust, and soil, and according to the EPA:

The smelting operations left elevated levels of cadmium, lead, arsenic and zinc in groundwater, surface water, sediments and soil at and near the plant. The contaminated groundwater extends as far as the South Platte River.

People can be exposed to contaminants by swallowing contaminated soil or by inhaling the dust. Exposure can potentially cause cancers, such as skin cancer. Possible non-carcinogenic effects from exposure over long periods of time include damage to the central nervous system, reproductive system, kidneys, and digestive tract.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
East 51st Avenue and Washington Street
Denver, Colorado
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  • air quality
  • Sulphuric acid, Cadmium, Bismuth. Extremely Toxic
  •  Interesting Features
    The ground water collection unit, an old victorian house on the property, warehouses, old equipment, many buildings, smokestack, kiln, and lots of dead animals in the doorways to some of the really nasty buildings, signage (Cadmium: Kidney Damage warnings, etc).
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • Guard does patrols every 30 minutes, huge property with high visibility between buildings.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1886
    Closed: 1983
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  • Cadmium rated respirators, sturdy shoes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    camera, tripod, red filters for your flashlight
    From the EPA Superfund site:
    The ASARCO, Globe Plant site (the Site) is located in a mixed industrial, commercial and residential area, known as Globeville, near the South Platte River, in Denver and south Adams counties. Smelting operations that separated impurities from gold, silver, copper and lead on the site began in 1886. The American Smelting and Refining Company, later named ASARCO, bought the plant and converted it to a lead-only production facility in 1901.

    In 1919, ASARCO changed from producing lead to producing arsenic trioxide for insecticides, medicines and glass. In 1926 ASARCO began cadmium production for protective coating of iron and steel. At the present time, the Globe Plant has been shut down.

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     Future Plans
    There are talks all over the place of cleaning it up, and turning into future residential. In the EPA's 5-year review, there have even been talks of turning it into a golf course (it is an 89 acre property)

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     Photo Galleries
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    First Short Trip
    Wed, Nov 25th, 2009
    posted by Luna
    7 pictures

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     Web Links
    The most recent 5 year review:

    The EPA Superfund listing:

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    Category Rating
    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 6 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 8/16/2015 6:21 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 16 15 at 6:21, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Aug 15 15 at 22:42, Impfac changed the following: Type, Status, Recommendation
  • on Mar 16 12 at 1:40, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Mar 11 12 at 19:58, geneboy changed the following: Status
  • on Jan 20 10 at 21:59, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 20 10 at 3:01, Luna updated the main picture
  • on Nov 26 09 at 2:59, Steed conditionally validated this location
  • on Nov 25 09 at 11:28, Luna made this location available
  • on Nov 25 09 at 11:28, Luna changed the following: Type, Latitude, Longitude
  • on Nov 25 09 at 11:26, Luna updated gallery picture ASARCO Trip 1
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Any Updates on This Place?geneboy03906/14/2011 3:40 AM by geneboy
    You must log in for this feature to work.Didn't know this was still aroundRetro_Chick15521/20/2010 3:03 AM by Luna
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