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Salvage for Victory: 1942

Salvage for Victory: 1942

October 1942. " 'Salvage for Victory' campaign -- scrap and salvage depot in Butte, Montana." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Maybe located a bit farther south

Not that it's so important, but I think that this scrapyard was located about 2 miles away, a bit south of the present-day intersection of Montana Street and I-15.

Other images from Russell Lee's Butte scrapyard tour show the Trevillion Monument Company building to the south (based on shadows) of the scrap pile, across a curved stretch of single-line railroad track. https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017878815/resource/. Trevillion is still in business at 2400 S. Montana Street. http://www.tjmemorials.com/. Not sure if it was always there, but the curved railroad line is in the right place.

There are some houses in the background here, and a row of ramshackle homes in the Trevillion image, too. I couldn't match anything up, and places change, but here's about where I think this was: https://goo.gl/maps/GQ1HsiV1o4iEebkd7. Go a little to the north and you can see the mountain:

Pacific Steel and Recycling now

This is the closest I could get while still showing a bit of the mountains in the background.

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