Group Trying to Save the ASARCO Stacks

Group Trying to Save the ASARCO Stacks

POSTED: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:09pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 4:14pm

EL PASO, TX - A group called "Save the Stacks" is starting movement to save the iconic ASARCO smokestacks.

Dozens of people were downtown Tuesday night to exchange ideas about the possibility of saving the two remaining stacks on the former smelter site.

Demolition of the main stack was scheduled to begin soon but last week the site's trustee announced the new demolition date will be Feb. 2013, giving El Pasoans 16 more months to come up with the millions of dollars it would take to maintain them.

Proponents argue the stacks have too much historical value to tear down.

There will be another meeting to discuss the ASARCO stacks Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. at the Downtown Public Library.

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Good or bad, these stacks are part of El Paso's history. We can't white out parts of our history just because we don't like it.

1) The stacks are an eyesore (they look like giant cigarettes from afar - especially the red an white one), 2) We cannot climb to the top to see from them 3) They are probably full of lead paint and other chemicals 4) They cost millions to preserve. Name another reason other than sentimental feelings to save the towers.

New York has the statue of Liberty, Saint Luis has its "Arch", Toronto CND, Seattle WA, and Las Vegas nevada have their "needles", Chicago has the formely named Sears Tower, and what does El Paso want? Two giant smokestacks! The towers are an eyesore, we cannot climb to the top of them and Asarco itself is synonomous with the word "nepotism". What EL Paso really needs is a beautiful, useful,purposley built SKYSCRAPER (at the site)to represent a visual compliment to our lovely city and mountains.

Stupid - these stacks represent a group that took advantage of your community!

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