Copper: The Miracle Metal

Copper: The Miracle Metal

Tucson, Ariz. – I became interested in exploring copper mining in Arizona when I saw several photographs of the Tucson skyline from the 1940s. The images showed a smoky haze hanging in the sky, completely obscuring the view of the Santa Catalina and Rincon...
“I’m Not a Miner, I’m a Provider”

“I’m Not a Miner, I’m a Provider”

  Tucson, Ariz. – When the San Manuel Mine northeast of Tucson closed in 1999, it was the largest underground copper mine in the U.S., with more than 2,000 people working in 350+ miles of tunnels and a nearby smelter. The copper market had just gone bust,...
Some Thrived, Some Died

Some Thrived, Some Died

  Tucson, Ariz. – The names stand out on early maps of the Arizona Territory: Hamlets like Ruby and Silver Bell. Mines named The World’s Fair, Old Dominion and The Heavy Weight. But they’re not to be found on modern maps of Arizona. When the...

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