Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 17

Copper Kings

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Unknown on The History Channel
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Copper Kings
More than a century ago two men controlled nearly all of U.S. copper production, transforming Butte, Montana from a washed-up gold-mining camp into a global powerhouse. William Clark, a ruthless banker known for preying on the misfortune of miners and Marcus Daly, a self-made man with a knack for knowing where to dig, created huge empires and lived like kings, while fighting a ferocious, personal, battle that lasted nearly 25 years.moreless
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      • The U.S. nickel is actually 75% copper. The dime, quarter and half dollar coins contain 91.67% copper and the Susan B Anthony dollar is comprised of 87.5% copper.

      • Since bacteria will not grow on a copper surface, many hospitals use copper doorknobs to reduce the trasnfer of disease.

      • The first copper deposit worked extensively in America is located in Granby Connecticut. It was operated from 1705 until 1770.

      • Copper has a history of use that is at least 10,000 years old. A copper pendant discovered in what is now northern Iraq goes back to about 8700 B.C.

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      • Narrator: It makes out cities glow, our factories hum and out telecommunications networks buzz. With the urgency of a telegram and the force of an electric shock, copper helped catapult the world into the modern era. But this superconductor sparked some bitter battles between the two tycoons who wanted to control it. Now: The Copper Kings, on Modern Marvels.

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      • David Halaas
        Colorado State Historian

        Michael Malone
        Montana Historian

        Erin Sigl
        Co-Owner, Copper King Mansion

        Jim Street
        Butte History Teacher

        Gerry Walter
        Director, World Museum of Mining

        Ray Tilman
        President, Montana Resources

        Ellen Crain
        Director, Butte-Silver Bow Archives

        John Thompson
        Co-Owner, Copper King Mansion

        Jim Harrington
        Butte Historian

        Norma Jean Almadovar
        Author and Prostitute Rights Advocate

        John Wardell
        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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