Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 30, 1952 · Page 6
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April 30, 1952

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 6

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1952
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=i_4«*THWIJT AMCANSAI TIMC. NyetHvifti. W«dn««oay, April tu, "Uranium Rush" Brings Boom lo Remote Colorado Desert By GO«nOK GAUSS Grand Junction, Colo.-(/I*)-An atomic-inspired .boom Is swcop- in|( the vast cnnyon-cul desert of the "four corners" country. The . netting is one of snowcapped mountains, nearinc sun and blowing sand. There arc prehistoric Indian ruins and dinosaur bones. Helicopters, Reiser counters and gamma ray machines play « ^At stake is the ability of the United States to produce '.he stuff which goes into atom bombs and which someday may power an age of easier living. In importance, the boom promises to.:dwnrf.the gold rushes of the last century, bul-the number of I crsonii jinvolvcdls small compared to the bonanza stampedes of other days. There probably aren't many more than 'a thousand men actually digging. . The goal is discovery and production of more uranium, the radio-active element which makes iitomic fission possible. ·rr-Tho boom -Is government-born. It has been building up since 1948 fcrhen the Atomic Energy Commls- llon decided to stimulate domestic firanium production to relieve ric- icndcncc on Imports. The govern. ncnt promised to buy all the ore: . t set UD incentive payments and : iut AEC and-U.S. Geological Sur'. 'cy scientists to work hunting ore ! lenosils. ·| The hunt centered from the ftart In the wild, almost-unknown Colorado Plateau rnqlon, ' w h i c h Jlcs only partly In Colorado find 3 a plateau only in the broadest Scllnition of the term. There have Seen reports of "finds" In other Sreas - ufthQ most ; lnlcnsc hunt Is ilonR the southeni 200 miles of ; he Utah-Colorado Wrier and In . he Indian country ! ot Northeast Arizona and Northwest New Mcx- Jco. It is In this region where ac- Jual production centers. * Grand Junction, a long-cstab- fiiihcd'city of some 15.000 located JiO miles 'west of Denver, Is the Japital of the uranium country. The Atomic Energy Commission is regional offices liens. So do most o/ the larger mining com panics and allied Industries such] as equipment firms and truckers. Men, and a (cw women, endure incredible hardships and loneliness to dig (lie ore. Some live in crude one-room shacks. A - few were In tents. Some haul their drinking water SO miles. Some drill in m i n e , tunnels so low a man -cannot stand erect. There is little griping about living conditions, though. .Some of the men work for as little as $1 an hour. Others, with their own claims or leases, reputedly clear something like $10,000 a year. The boom has made a couple of millionaires hut most operators have plowed earnings back into new equipment.. , Resource and production f i g - ures, of course, are locked In secrecy because of national .security. But they aren't needed to show the'industry is expanding. Heads Publishers CHARlIf F. 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