Arizona has been a leading copper-producer for more than a century. The mining of the metal has contributed to fortune and failure, boom and bust.
The multi-part series Copper at the Crossroads examines the past, present, and future of copper mining in Arizona.
Reporter/Producer Mark Duggan visited several existing open-pit copper mines and sites of proposed future mines. He spoke with citizens who are both opposed to and in support of mining expansion in Arizona.
Listen to the episodes and see a photo gallery below.
Copper at the Crossroads aired in 2011.
Series Reporter/Producer: Mark Duggan
Copper mining in Arizona is a tale of both fortune and failure. A look at the past, present and future of an industry at the crossroads.
Onofre Tafoya spent 40 years moving the earth in an underground copper mine near Tucson. But it was more than hard work. It was the place where, as he says, he “became a man.”
Tracking the history of Arizona’s boom and bust towns. Bisbee and Globe survived, Helvetia and Ruby didn’t.