One more beautiful sunsets in Arizona. These heading west from Globe, Arizona. It’s uphill east to Globe from my little mining town of Superior, Arizona. But heading home it is pretty much downhill – approaching the Queen Creek Tunnel (1952) provides a great sunset view on many an occassion.
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.
It is rumored that Pancho Villa once stashed a cache of valuables somewhere in Arnett Canyon, Arizona. Located south of highway 60 and just west of Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, it is located across the ridge below which the arboretum is located. One must hike in from the west or east, and we hiked from the west as it seemed easier to
approach the canyon from there and follow the Arnett Creek east around to the bottom of the canyon. One can also approach the canyon from the perlite mine in Superior, Arizona and head west around the ridge shadowing the arboretum. I have never done that, and it seems one would have to cross private property, but I am not sure.
While I discovered no treasure (wasn’t looking for any either), I discovered a treasure of beautiful plants and weather worn rocks and mountains. After about 2 miles, there was a lot of water in the creek, which I found unusual since everything near where I live there is pretty dry. The temps were around 89 degrees so the hiking was very pleasant. The highlight of the trip was climbing 3/4 of the way up a mountain to a pinnacle of white rock which can be seen for miles. Seeing the other mountain ranges from there was breathtaking. It was about 3 hours walk into the canyon where we stopped.
There isn’t much more beautiful than a dusting of snow all over the desert. Superior, Arizona is in Eastern Arizona about 60 miles east of Phoenix. The altitude is about 2500 feet. And according to our city fathers, we get about 2 inches of snow a year. It melts fast, but these winter flurries are fun! The dates on the photos are wrong. Something happened when I recharged the battery? Should read 2/20/2012.