National Geographic : 1952 Mar
© National Geographic Society 351 Kodachroimes by W. Robert Moore Elisabethville, a Copper-boom Town, Has Sprung Up from Bare Bushland in 40 Years Here Africans used to smelt green ore in adobe furnaces to make a crude sort of copper money. Today the site has become the Belgian Congo's second largest city. Elisabethville did not grow helter-skelter like an American gold rush camp, but followed a planned development, laying out flower beds, shady streets, neat houses, and inviting shops. It boasts theaters, swimming pools, fashionable clubs, daily newspapers, dial telephones, college, and zoo. Copper, the source of all this prosperity, advertises its presence with a smelter's huge pile of slag and giant smokestack. Above, the Grand Hotel; below, the Post and Telegraph Building (left).