Superior, for those unfamiliar with it, is a small mining town east of Gold Canyon, Arizona and Apache Junction, Arizona. It is approximately 35 miles east of Apache Junction. In the hills to the east of the town lie many mine shafts dug to discover and take advantage of rich copper ore. Since the late 19th century, this area of Pinal County, including Globe, Ray, Kerney, Mamouth, and Oracle have produced tons of pure copper for the electrification and electronic age of the United States. Mines in this area, with the exception perhaps of Oracle, still produce today.
At our old town hall there are exhibits of yesteryear and the mining industry. For your pleasure, here are some photos of what the mining of copper is all about.
Sounds like something I might like. Is this kinda like the Nugget Bucket?
When I saw the pyramid Pro Pan I thought that would be a great piece of equipment to add to my inventory. I thought that it would be great to use in places that you can not use a dredge or a sluice box. Places that only panning is allowed or even in a location that the water is low and running to slow to operate a sluice. I thought that it would be a great item that you could use in those hard to get to locations that you may have to hike into, its light weight and fits in a backpack. I was in a location that only panning was allowed and there was some very nice gold and panning is just a very slow method, I was thinking I need something that I can move a lot of material in a relatively short period of time. I had…
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Having moved through the learning curve about how to prospect for gold, this information will undoubtedly help newbies find a place to go. Knowing where to go to get started in prospecting is very important. For your reading enjoyment:
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Here is my latest article about uranium mining in Arizona. Mining is an integral part of Arizona’s history, bringing about economic prosperity to most of the state. But there are still aspects of mining that some of Arizona’s people are reticent about.
photo credit: By essygie, on flickr
AS you may know from reading my blog, I am very interested in placer gold mining. Placer gold is flake and nuggets found in waterways. It has been washed out of mountains where it became dislodged in nature, most often by the passage of water over an outcropping.
The following article is informative and has great photographs. I recommend this if you are at all interested in finding gold.
This is an abandoned mine near where I live in Arizona. There is evidence that water is leaching through the ceiling. There is also evidence of candles that have burned on the walls in the past. This would not be my choice for a gold mine – don’t know what was being looked for but a lot of work went into it?
Of course, when checking out the finer sites of Oatman, one must always be cognizant of the fact that “crap happens”.