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The Anaconda Copper Company founded Conda as a model industrial town in 1920. The town served as a home base for employees of the company’s nearby phosphate mine. The name was a derivative of the company itself, and the company built about seventy houses, a church, school, and store to lure people to the town’s isolated location. Since 1959, the J.R. Simplot Company has owned and operated the phosphate mine at Conda. The open-pit mine is about thirteen miles long. After the ore is harvested, upgraded, and calcined, it is shipped to Simplot’s Pocatello fertilizer company.

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