Photo of the Month
resources have been an important part of Rogers’
history. Lumber, agricultural products, and water
contributed to the development of this community.
Mineral wealth also boosted the local economy. Pictured
at right is milling equipment used by the American
Silica Mine to process silica in the 1920s.
Silica is a white or colorless crystalline compound,
often chalk-like in nature, which is ground into a fine
powder and used in rubbing and buffing agents, paints,
glass, and concrete. It also found use in the oil
industry as a mud compound used to line drilling shafts.
Interestingly, silica is capable of absorbing its weight
According to a mid 1930s newspaper article, “The deposit
near Rogers is found on top of a hill of some 157 acres
and outcrops in the ravines on the slopes of the hill.
It is covered with a few feet of overburden made up of
weathered material. At this time it is being mined
through a shaft sunk into the deposit about 25 feet,
with several drifts leading from this shaft at a point
about 18 feet below the surface.” Tests from this period
indicated that there was approximately 2,500,000 to
10,000,000 tons of the material at the site in deposits
10 to 85 feet thick.
The mid 1930s newspaper article further described the
milling process, “The material is first hand shoveled
into a tube or pebble mill where it is wet-ground to a
fine mesh. This grinding is done by filling the mill,
which is lined with silica bricks, with silica pebbles
and adding water and rotating the mill which is mounted
upon steel tires that rest on steel wheels or rollers.”
Power for the mills was provided by electric motors.
After being pulverized, the silica was then sent up
elevators to dryers, where the particles were separated
by air blowers. The finished product was sacked in 100
pound bags before being sent to market.
Several silica mining companies were here during the
twentieth century and most of the operations seem to
have been located east of Rogers along Pleasant Ridge
Road in the area known today as Beaver Shores. By the
mid 1950s to late 1960s, the Corona Silica Plant, the
International Purasil, Inc., managed by Merlyn H. Kile,
and Mid-Western Minerals/Mills, owned by Bob Dobbs,
mined and processed silica in the Rogers area.
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