19th century mechanics was well-developed. Gearing enabled the utilization of power.
Dynamite played an important role in breaking up rock.
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.
Recently I began a blog focusing mainly on linking prospective or active gold prospectors to plans for building their own equipment. To date, I have 61 posts and links to plans for sluices, shaker tables, dry washers, rock crushers, high bankers, and much more. I have interspersed the plan links with history, photographs, artwork, maps and other curiosities about gold prospecting.
If you have enjoyed my reports about gold prospecting, I think you will find this interesting. At least I hope so!
This is a mining bucket with a most interesting shape to the handle. Photographed in Oracle, AZ, an old copper mining town north of Tucson.
I was driving through Oracle, Arizona (a beautiful little community which was a copper mining town in the past) and passing by a corral I saw this paint. What a lovely horse! 5/19/2012
Found in Globe, Arizona
Sometimes you see something that arouses curiousity. The other day I drove past this tressle (and I have driven by it tens of times) and decided to take a closer look. I have no idea when it was built, but at one time it carried a train with copper ore. You can see the tracks on it. I am betting it goes back to the early twentieth century. What stories this tressle could tell if only it could speak.
Miami-Globe is a bi-city in Arizona known for its large copper mining operations. Beginning in the 19th century, this region has produced and smelted copper that the United States required for electrification. The largest copper mining area of the world lies in what is called the copper triangle. It is also an area known for cattle ranching. A museum dedicated to the region’s history supported by contributions by Miami-Globe citizens, the Bullion Plaza Museum has its artifacts housed in a classical building formerly a school for native American and Hispanic kids. What’s at the museum? You’ll find cowboy and ranching history (Bohme Ranch), Arizona history and politics (including a large painting of Rose Mofford, Arizona’s first woman governor), native arts and crafts, local artists’ work, military artifacts, a wide selection of photos of early miners working, mining machinery and tools, and history of local musical talent that made it to stardom. This is a relatively new museum worth visiting. It has been created through donations and volunteer work, and it grows every day. It has free admission.