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Most services are located in the town center. Healthcare in the town is handled by the [[Copper Falls Medical Clinic]], but all major healthcare issues are redirected to [[Montana City Hospital]]. There are many dumb conspiracy theories about aliens being held at Copper Falls Medical Clinic. Fire services are provided by the [[Copper Falls Volunteer Fire Department]]. The [[Marble Mountain Sheriff's Office]] operates a satellite station in central Copper Falls.{{external image|https://i.imgur.com/4KJKHIw.png|caption=Copper Falls Emergency Center.}}
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Most services are located in the town center. Healthcare in the town is handled by the [[Copper Falls Medical Clinic]], but all major healthcare issues are redirected to [[Montana City Hospital]]. Almost all medical transportation to both hospitals is handled by [[Medshine Ambulance Services]]. There are many dumb conspiracy theories about aliens being held at Copper Falls Medical Clinic. Fire services are provided by the [[Copper Falls Volunteer Fire Department]]. The [[Marble Mountain Sheriff's Office]] operates a satellite station in central Copper Falls.{{external image|https://i.imgur.com/4KJKHIw.png|caption=Copper Falls Emergency Center.}}
  
 
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Copper Falls
Town
Seal of Copper Falls Flag of Copper Falls

Country United States United States
State Canifrina
County Marble Mountain (county)
Government
Type Strong Mayor-Council-Commission
Mayor Bill Deere
City Attorney
City Controller
Territorial repartition
City 2.48km² (62%)
Rural land 1.08 km² (27%)
Water 0.44 km² (11%)
Topography
Average elevation 39m (128 ft)
Highest elevation 270m (886 ft)
Lowest elevation 0m
Population
Population 5,026
Density 1256/km²
Demonym(s) Copper Fallian
Time Zone Canifrina Standard Time (UTC-8.5)

Copper Falls is a small city in Marble Mountain, on the coastal region of Canifrina, United States. At the 2016 census the cities population was 7,438. The town is located 4,8 kilometers (3 miles) north of the city of Montana.

History

Pre-colonial period

The area of Copper Falls is situated north of Marble Mountain, which marked the northern end of Chupña territory. Although the settlement of "Alawin Ulo" was located close in the area of modern-day Montana, no signs of Native American settlement has been found in Copper Falls.

Copper Falls is notable as the landing ground of the Jutlanders, a group of vikings fleeing towards the U.S West Coast. The viking landing in 1098 has left area scattered with numerous archaeological findings.

Gold rush

In 1848, gold was discovered near Springwood. The gold rush expanded to the county of Marble Mountain in 1849 with multiple groups settling on banks of the Grand Amplio River. Although no gold was ever found in the river, an estimated 800 immigrants stayed in the area. A town was founded in the area on the fertile lands near the river. After the founding of the town in 1851, copper was found under the city. The combination of water and mining gave the town an official name, Copper Falls. The Copper Falls Mining Company was founded in 1852, with the post office and first general store opening soon after.

Mining bankruptcy

By 1953, the Copper Falls Mining Company employed around 70% of the town's 2,601 man workforce. With the copper under the city running dry in 1955, the company went bankrupt. Copper Falls' unemployment rate quickly rose to 61% and the population dropping by 25%. All infrastructure belonging to the company was now up for sale. The now abandoned port and small train yard of Copper Falls was bought by Arrowhead and Western. AWRR planned on selling the land as soon as possible, but they were unable to find a suitable buyes quickly enough. The area was used by the railway company as a yard for trains passing through the county. This began the revitalization of the town but growth was slow. The yard sold in 1982 for the Jessies Sugar Company which planned to setup a new factory by the riverfront. As the yard shut down, unemployment rose again. With the construction for a new factory starting in 1998, the town started growing again.

1985 Bridge Collapse

In 1983 the growing need for transportation through Copper Falls required an upgrade to the single lane highway. The contract was awarded quickly when an out of state company put in a low bid. Unfortunately the low bid resulted in undercutting the materials and timeline to keep costs down. This resulted in low quality steal being used for the horizontal span of the bridge and the use of improper concrete not rated for the temperature during the winter. The project was completed ahead of schedule and on budget to the delight of the city council and it's residents in May of 1984.

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News headline of the 1985 collapse.

In July of 1985 the traffic overwhelmed the realistic capacity of the bridge and the bridge broke apart in the center, plunging traffic in to the river. 37 people were seriously injured in the collapse and 5 people drowned or killed. It took 17 days to fully secure the area. Every service in the region responded to the incident- County Sheriff, Copper Falls Fire, and the Montana Police and Fire Departments provided mutual aide. The Canifrina National Guard provided emergency response and vehicle extrication, including providing 24 hour logistical & traffic support to the project until the authorities concluded their investigation 48 days later. The state stepped in after the incident and received federal funds to complete the bridge properly using locally provided materials and contractors. This also drove the cost of the bridge up to double the original budget, but this ensured the bridge was built to standard and has been the model for future projects in the state. It has even survived the recent earthquakes, with only minor repairs needed.

Death of Mateo Soldado

Mateo Soldado was the leader of the street gang Soldados in 2000 at a time of stability in Copper Falls disaster struck when Mateo was gunned down outside his ranch by the Rivales he died later in the ambulance on the way to the Hospital. The local police launched a full investigation into the incident scared that the news would cause their town to get a bad name for itself but what they found instead shocked them. The investigation led to the arrest of Johnny Redhand after his 1999 Toyota Corolla was seen fleeing the scene but he was later released due to lack of evidence. Then after the case went cold an anonymise tip came in saying that one of the police officers on the case Trevor Colly was involved in the shooting and that he was corrupt this lead to a huge investigation into the police system and 6 individuals have been charged since including the former lead detective Jake Culligan.

After these events, the town has been reformed even more and hopes that events like this are in its past.

Mad Jim

In 2012, Jimmy Brown bought all the canned food at the local supermarket in Copper Falls. Jimmy was preparing for the end of the world, which was supposed to happen in December of that year. After losing his job as a structural engineer in Montana, Jimmy moved to Copper Calls and worked in the local sugar mill. After some time working at the factory, Jimmy started collecting old scrap metal and other things in his backyard. His house is on the outskirts of town, which others not near him are grateful that he is not their neighbor. In preparation for the end of the world, Jimmy started to build a bunker under his backyard. The bunker entrance is through an old shipping container sitting in the corner of his lot.

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In 2012, the woman who sold Jimmy all the food estimated that he would be able to ration it for a year. Other residents of Copper Falls were furious as they could not buy simple foods such as canned tomatoes or canned spaghetti. Jimmy had timed his purchase at the beginning of the week and the next delivery to the supermarket would be the following week. Following the outrage of some local men, Jimmy was attacked and his house set on fire. Thankfully he had taken the food into his bunker and after the fire, lived in the bunker for a few months while his house was rebuilt. Throughout the months following the whole ordeal Jimmy was nicknamed "Mad Jim" by some of the locals.

Jimmy runs a small scrap metal business in his backyard. He uses some of the scrap metal to add things to his bunker and sells some of it to others. Jimmy also collects cars and stores their batteries in his bunker as a power source. He also uses some of the other car components to build an oil power generator. So far he has not been able to get it to work, but has barrels of oil in his backyard. Jimmy's wife left him in 2012 due to the whole oreal and now lives in Springwood with their seven children and he has lived alone ever since.

Due to his engineering background, Jimmy's bunker is extremely strong and the few people who have seen inside it believe it could withstand a nuclear bomb.

In early 2020, Mad Jim did it again, this time stocking up on 180 rolls of toilet paper and lots of non-perishables. This sparked a small frenzy within Copper Falls as people feared that Mad Jim predicted that something bad could happen to the town. Some people believe that Mad Jim was over-reacting to a new flu-like virus that was starting to spread around the world. He has not been seen since his panic buying and no one want's to enter his property as they fear it might be booby trapped to protect his house from another fire.

Geography

According to the U.S Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4 km² (1.5 sq miles). The town is located 3 miles east of Montana, located where the Grand Amplio River meets Amplio Lake, next to US Route  15 . On the south side the town borders the Marble River Valley, which flows into the lake.

Climate and vegetation

As Copper Falls is part of the mountainous area of Marble Mountain, it has higher rainfall compared to the desert. The town has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate with an average of 290 sunny days per year. Generally the city features warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The temperature rarely drops below 0°C (32°F). The climate supports oak and grey pine as the major tree species in the area.

Infrastructure

Transport

The two major roadway near Copper Falls are Interstate   80   which connects to Montana to the south and the US Highway  15 , which connects to the interstate and runs east/west through downtown. The town's roadway is connected to the highway by the old Copper Falls Interchange and the new Copper Falls Express Interchange, which connects the town's main road to the western side of   80   and is also connected to the northern bank of the river via the Johnson Strait Bridge, which is ongoing redevelopment. The road maintenance is the town is contracted to CDOT on behalf of MMCTA Roadworks.

Additionally, as part of a wider push for easier navigation in the County Route Program, Marble Mountain County designated County Route  CR M1  between Copper Falls and Montana. The route runs along the old highway linking the two cities, terminating at  US 15  in Copper Falls and   80   in Montana at the interchange southeast of the train station. This route offers a slower, scenic option for commuters and preserves the transportation history of the two cities.

Public Transit

For many years, the only transit line in the town is line 21 by the Santa Ynez Bus Company, which connects the town center to Montana Central Station. However, in May 2014, Smith's Transport saw Copper Falls as a key asset in a Statewide transport empire. The developing town allowed for Smith's Transport to create routes 15 and 15A Serving the residential and Agricultural areas of Copper Falls. Smith's Transport also re-routed 60% of its routes through copper falls, which allowed for a better representation in this area.

Services

Most services are located in the town center. Healthcare in the town is handled by the Copper Falls Medical Clinic, but all major healthcare issues are redirected to Montana City Hospital. Almost all medical transportation to both hospitals is handled by Medshine Ambulance Services. There are many dumb conspiracy theories about aliens being held at Copper Falls Medical Clinic. Fire services are provided by the Copper Falls Volunteer Fire Department. The Marble Mountain Sheriff's Office operates a satellite station in central Copper Falls.

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Copper Falls Emergency Center.


Utilities

Marble Mountain Utility Authority provides water, sewage and regulates electricity. Electricity is provided locally by Samson Renewables and CGL Energy, or imported from other counties by the Canifrina electricity grid depending on demand. Most of the electricity demand in town is produced at the nearby Flyers Ridge wind farm and Chinchilla power station. Waste management is franchised to Marble Waste. Television, radio and telecommunication services in the county are provided by multiple private companies in accordance with the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Demographics

At the 2016 census, the population was at 5,026 up from 4,998 in 2010. As of January 2020, the population is estimated at 12,610.

Racial composition 2016 1996 1976
Non-Hispanic White 67.1% 78.1% 76.6%
Black or African American 15.1% 9.1% 8.7%
Hispanic or Latino 9.3% 13.9% 15.6%
Asian 4.5% 3.9% 0.6%

Economy

In modern times the town's economy is based off of farming and and related manufacturing processes. The farming and refining of sugar is the lead employer in the town with 56% of the town's workforce working the area. Also the farming of apples and oranges in the area employs around 11%. The town did not suffer as much from the financial crisis of 2007 as Montana. Homelessness rose by 6% but no other consequences affected the town. The current unemployment rate of Copper Falls is 2.1%.

Leading agricultural products

Winter Wheat, Dairy, Pistachios, Oranges, Lettuce, Corn, Soy Beans, Alfalfa, Almonds, Walnuts, Coffee

Culture and Sports

Copper Falls is notable for the amount of Native American art in the area. Although no settlement has ever been found in the area, multiple cave paintings and limestone statues have been located. All objects are on display at the Marble Mountain County Art Museum in Montana.

The town has a vibrant music scene with multiple jazz artists originating from the town. This was a part of the 1930s jazz movement in Montana with many artists moving away from the city to a prime location in Copper Falls.

The town has three major sports team playing the Copper Falls Coliseum. The soccer team, Copper Falls Rockets the baseball team, Marbleine Angels and the Aussie rules football team Copper Falls Wildcats FC.

Neighborhoods

Harshow

a new area north of US Route 15 featuring the beach on Marble Lake.

Downtown

This area of town is also called "Old Town" and is better know as downtown Copper Falls. Marbeline gets it's name from the greater Marble Mountain and was once the hub of the region during the mining years. It has lost many of its old town style buildings but has managed to maintain a solid precence over the years with all the fluctuations in the local and regional economy.

Gleason

A neighborhood consisting of the docks and factories to include the residential area along the river on the east side of Copper Falls. Know for the boom and bust of the industries in the region the neighborhood has seen its demographics change over the years; with the 2007 crisis being the most recent change, bringing down property values.

Kessmer Junction

Is the region where the I5 and Route 15 merge with railroad. The area was so named prior to Route 15 being taken over by the I5, when the area was know for trading and a small hub for the rail road to transfer goods off of boats and wagon trains.

Farming Center

More a region than a neighborhood; Farming Center consists of many locally owned farms with a variety of produce and livestock. Although many properties have been bought out by larger corporations, Copper Falls prides itself on the locally owned farms. Prior to the 2007 financial crisis the farmers created a Co-op that brings the expertise of all the farmers together to ensure the best prices and export markets are found, especially through companies like Transgrain and Montana Sugar.

Silver Meadows

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Palm Meadows subdivision.

The region to the west of Interstate   5  , which mostly consists of agricultural land. Although a rather arid part of the region in the summer, crops have been grown mostly in the "winter" wet season; providing produce to the region and for export when most states do not have a growing season. The land is very fertile and has been tamed in the summer season with the use of irrigation from the Grand Amplio River in modern times, and is heavily regulated by the state water commission.

Orange Grove Farms

Orange Grove Farms is located near US Route  15  and Interstate   5   exit to Silver Meadows. Originally the area was covered in groves for Oranges, however after surviving crop losses during the Hot 79's the financial crisis of 2007 was too much and the farm had to downsize and sold much of the land to developers turning it in to Palm Meadows.

Palm Meadows

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A new development taking shape on the edge of Copper Falls in the Silver Meadows District. The subdivision was created and sold to a subsidiary of Jessies Sugar Company for development. The land was originally low cost because of the agricultural use, however, as Copper Falls has developed and moved outward the cost of the property has increased. With the increased land value the properties are being developed at a slower pace, and usually sold to potential buyers prior to building. The houses can be made to order, but typically follow the same style, making it easier for the developer to produce houses quickly. Some have had some concerns about the finished quality of the housing, from poor concrete and shoddy electrical, leading to slower growth in the development. With the rumors of poor materials the developer has worked hard to ensure the contractors have followed and meet the state standards for housing. All the streets take their names from the mining history of the region. While the avenues find their names from prominent business people that have had an influence on Copper Falls.

Crime

The first waves of organized crime in Copper Falls hit in 1973, when the notorious Irish street gang called "The Mob" struck the Copper Falls First Bank on August 7th, 1973. The gang's criminal activity in Montana and Copper Falls continued for 5 years, after which the gang's leaders were arrested in Montana.

In the 1980s, drug sales and gang related violence were on the rise. The usage of crack cocaine and heroin in the county was at an all time high. By 1982, Copper Falls' population had reduced by 35% with people evacuating the unsafe town. The revival of Copper Falls began in 1983 as a part of the county board's "Clean Streets" program. More deputies were hired to the town and multiple suspected narcotics warehouses were raided. By 1989 the level of crime in the town was back to levels last seen in 1960.

In 1993 Theft in Copper Falls was at an all-time high and was linked to the Soldados who cut a deal to the police to get some land in the town along with money to stop robbing houses, the police agreed to this and to this day an uneasy bond is held between the two parties.

Gangs

Multiple Gangs have called copper falls home including:

The Mob - an Irish Street gang notable for its stick-up jobs 1972-1978

Soldados - A Hispanic gang from the suburb of Chester notable for burglary and theft in town 1993-Modern Day

Education

Copper Falls is located within the Montana Unifed School District. The town has two elementary schools, the 6 Street Elementary School (downtown) and the Orange Grove elementary school (Silver Meadows).