While exhausting the gold, vast deposits of silver, lead and zinc were uncovered. Mining camps died and were replaced by others. The lone miner gave way to large, well-capitalized, underground mining operations as the world famous Coeur d’Alene Mining District came into being.
Our Company kept pace with the times. At one point prior to 1890 we had stores in five camps within the Coeur d’Alene Mining District. Our headquarters moved with the markets we served. From Murray we moved headquarters to Wallace, Idaho, heart of the “Silver Valley”, then to Spokane in 1889, helping rebuild the city after the great fire, and then back to Wallace in 1892 after their great fire. Eventually, we grew and expanded a metal service and processing center, a hardware wholesaler, and we became a world-renowned mining equipment manufacturer. We added a foundry in 1913 for mining and mill castings and finally, in 1966, when our market base expanded to serve other industries as customers, we moved back to Spokane, Washington. We now have grown to be among the largest single building metal service centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The last move to Spokane allowed us to become a bridge builder. The largest (3,000 tons) was the AISI prize winning, “Most Beautiful Long Span”, the KOOCANUSA Bridge across the Libby Reservoir completed in 1971. Our last bridge across Dworshak Reservoir, on the Clearwater was completed in 1972. We now have grown to be among the largest single building metal service centers between Minneapolis and Seattle and there is still more to come, stay tuned.
Over the years we have gone through several name changes: J. R. Marks and Company, Holley Mason & Marks, The Coeur d’Alene Hardware Co., The Coeur d’Alene Hardware and Foundry Co., and The Coeur d’Alenes Company. In 2001, we adopted our current name, Cd’A Metals, to include our aluminum, tin, copper, sheet, and ironware product offering. In 2021, we joined the NIM Group family of companies, growing our product offering and service capabilities even more.