Heavy/precious metal cities and towns


Lovely Copper Harbor, MI - Source: michpics.wordpress.com

Lovely Copper Harbor, Michigan – Source: michpics.wordpress.com

Here’s my list of those cities and towns that are either named for metals or with the name of metals included as part of its name. As the photo of beautiful Copper Harbor, Michigan shows, some of these communities are in “precious” geographic locations too.  Most of the places on my list are from North America, so any additions, particularly in languages other than English, are most welcome:

  • Bauxite, AR
  • Brasstown, NC
  • Cagayan de Oro, The Philippines
  • Chrome, PA
  • Cienaga de Oro, Colombia
  • Cobalt, ON, Canada
  • Copperas Cove, TX
  • Copper Center, AK
  • Copper City, MI and CA
  • Copper Cliffs, ON, Canada (thank you, Eleanor)
  • Copper Harbor, MI
  • Copper Mountain, CO
  • Copperton, UT
  • Coppervale, CA
  • El Oro, Mexico
  • Fermont, QC, Canada
  • Ferro, Portugal
  • Galena, IL (term for naturally formed lead)
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Golden, CO and BC, Canada
  • Golden Valley, MN
  • Gold Hill, OR (thank you, Eric)
  • Gold River, BC
  • Goldsboro, NC
  • Goldtown, WV
  • Goldville, AL
  • Gouda, Netherlands
  • Iron City, GA and TN
  • Irondale, AL
  • Irondequoit, NY
  • Iron Junction, MN
  • Iron Mountain, MI
  • Iron River, MI
  • Ironton, OH
  • Ironville, KY
  • Ironwood, MI
  • La Plata, MD and Argentina
  • Lead, SD
  • Leadville, CO
  • Manganese, MN
  • Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • Mercury, NV
  • Mountain Iron, MN
  • Orofino, ID
  • Oro Grande, CA
  • Oro Loma, CA
  • Oro Valley, AZ
  • Oroville, CA
  • Platinum, AK
  • Radium, TX
  • Radium Springs, NM
  • Radium Hot Springs, BC, Canada
  • Silver City, NM and NV
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Silver Springs, FL
  • Silverthorne, CO
  • Silverton, CO and OR
  • Silverville, IN
  • Steele, ND
  • Steelton, PA
  • Steelville, MO
  • Tin Town, MO
  • Tungsten, CO
  • Uranium City, SK, Canada
  • Uravan, CO (combination of uranium and vanadium – Source: Yellowcake Towns by Michael A. Amundson, pages 5-6))
  • Val-d’Or, QC, Canada
  • Zinc, AR

Sources: personal knowledge, American Map Road Atlas, Rand McNally Road Atlas, en.wikipedia.org, and http://listverse.com/2010/08/12/10-us-towns-named-after-elements/

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4 Responses to Heavy/precious metal cities and towns

  1. Eric Mickelsen says:

    Gold Hill, OR

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  2. Eric Mickelsen says:

    Silverton, OR

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