ASARCO Documentary To Air Tonight On Local PBS Station
El Paso's local PBS station will be airing the 'Last Tour of the El Paso Smelter Vol. 1 The Stacks' tonight on KCOS.
A little over a year ago, the ASARCO stacks where demolished but not before local filmmaker, Jackson Polk documented its history and of course the demolition itself.
Coming up tonight, KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station will air the documentary giving viewers an up close seat of El Paso’s historic site.
The smelter was an economic driver in the American Southwest for more than 110 years. The American Smelting and Refining Company, later known as Asarco, stopped operations in 1999, never to reopen. After the company declared bankruptcy, a court-appointed trustee was given the task of disposing of the smelter’s assets, demolishing its facilities and re-mediating the former smelter site. This documentary has captured the historic event of April 13, 2013, when the smelter’s two iconic landmarks were demolished: the 828-foot smokestack and the 610-foot smokestack.
- “Last Tour of the El Paso Smelter Vol.1 The Stacks”
- August 19, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.
- KCOS / PBS - check your local listings