Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Living with lead: An environmental history of Idaho's Coeur d'Alenes, 1885–2011
by Snow, Bradley Dean, Ph.D., Montana State University, 2012, 442; 3516513
Abstract (Summary)

The Coeur d’Alenes, a twenty-five by ten mile portion of the Idaho Panhandle, is home to one of the most productive mining districts in world history. Historically the globe’s richest silver district and also one of the nation’s biggest lead and zinc producers, the Coeur d’Alenes’ legacy also includes environmental pollution on an epic scale. For decades local waters were fouled with tailings from the mining district’s more than one hundred mines and mills and the air surrounding Kellogg, Idaho was laced with lead and other toxic heavy metals issuing from the Bunker Hill Company’s smelter. The same industrial processes that damaged the environment and harmed human health, however, also provided economic sustenance to thousands of local residents and a string of proud, working class communities. This dissertation constitutes an effort to explore and untangle the costs and benefits of a century of mining, milling and smelting in a relatively small, isolated Western enclave.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Murphy, Mary
Commitee: Campbell, Robert, LeCain, Timothy J., Martin, Dale, Reidy, Michael
School: Montana State University
Department: History and Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Montana
Source: DAI-A 73/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, History
Keywords: Bunker hill, Environment, Health, Idaho, Kellogg, Lead
Publication Number: 3516513
ISBN: 9781267458766
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