Smelter closing marks end of an era in small Missouri town that has supplied lead since 1798

  • by: JIM SALTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 25, 2013 - 12:10 PM

HERCULANEUM, Mo. — From the day its founder arrived here, this Mississippi River town has been tied inseparably to lead, the heavy, dull-gray metal that has been mined in southern Missouri for more than two centuries.

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