Copper discoveries continued in Arizona with findings in what is now called Superior in 1900. In 1914 the Magma Copper Company built a large smelter to support the mining. Mining continued until 1981 when the smelter closed. In 1942 main ore bodies of copper were discovered in San Manuel with the first mine shaft built in 1948.Read More
2020310&ensp·&enspMorenci is the largest copper producer in North America and remains a major contributor to Phelpss copper output, which is second only to that of Chiles Codelco. In 1986, Phelps Dodge Morenci was established as a partnership between Phelps Dodge Mining Company (72%) and Sumitomo Metal Mining Arizona Inc.Read More
Tribal Concerns with Mining. Throughout history, tribes have faced displacement, discrimination, and marginalization due to mining on their lands (Ballard, 2003). The copper mining industry is an important source of wealth and employment in Arizona (AZ Mining Assoc., 2011).Read More
Arizona Mining History Arizona was a remote and rugged territory at the time of the California Gold Rush. Starting in 1849 as many as 50,000 people traveled through Arizona onRead More
Mining Towns, Ruins and Artifacts These are some of the mining ruins and mining ghost town sites I have stumbled upon and explored in recent years.Read More
2015913&ensp·&enspBack to Arizona Page. copper mining town of Jerome, Arizona. I recently drove up to and spent a beautiful day in Jerome, Arizona. Here is some information from : "Located high on top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) between Prtt and Flagstaff is the historic copper mining town of Jerome, Arizona.Read More
The End of Copper Mining in Jerome. The end of the copper mining era in Jerome came in 1953 when Phelps Dodge closed the mines. About 800 million dollars in copper had been removed from the local mines by then. Jerome nearly became a ghost town as most folks gotRead More
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