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Mar 10

Mining Chrome, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune headlines about the war and rationing from Feb. 24, 1943.

Telegram-Tribune headlines about the war and rationing from Feb. 24, 1943.

Of the 20 headlined stories and briefs on the front page Feb. 24, 1943 only three were not related to the war, wartime rationing and production.

Camp Roberts awarded two contracts for housing and a third was launched a week ago. Dorm units, temporary dwelling units and a trailer park site would add 495 units of living space to the cramped facility and San Miguel.

San Luis Obispo county was providing chrome for the war effort via mines in the valley along Highway 1 between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.
Approimately 20,000 tons of ore have been mined since last may by Castro Chrome Associates, of San Franciso, operating the chrome mine situated at the head of San Luisita creek in the Santa Lucia range, near the Camp San Luis Obispo firing range, according to L.E. Putnam, general superintendent.
They were the largest producer in the county with 120 tons of ore refined to 50 short tons of chrome concentrates a day at a mill located at the Goldtree siding of the Southern Pacific. (Near present day California Men’s Colony.) The mine had been largely inactive since 1918 after the end of World War I.
The Sweetwater mine on the E. Cacci property was expected to be in production in about 30 days and was expected to produce about 300 tons of ore daily.

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