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Mine Tales: Tucson was important to early mining

Mine Tales: Tucson was important to early mining

Old Pueblo played a big part in early mining.

October 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Inclines gave miners a steep step up

Mine Tales: Inclines gave miners a steep step up

Inclines helped move ore downhill.

September 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Town of Morenci rebuilt for mine

Mine Tales: Town of Morenci rebuilt for mine

Morenci, Metcalf open pit mines continue to operate to this day.

September 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Gold, copper were a find at Clifton-Morenci

Mine Tales: Gold, copper were a find at Clifton-Morenci

The Clifton-Morenci district was Arizona’s first major copper-producing region.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Arizona has huge deposits of asbestos

Mine Tales: Arizona has huge deposits of asbestos

Asbestos mines were profitable before they were banned.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Mining railroads overcame obstacles

Mine Tales: Mining railroads overcame obstacles

Challenges facing early Arizona lines included steep gradients.

August 03, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Mine Tales: Railroads spurred mining's growth in Arizona

Mine Tales: Railroads spurred mining's growth in Arizona

The tracks of the "iron horse" spread into many parts of Arizona.

July 27, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Mine Tales: Orphan mine yielded high-grade uranium

Mine Tales: Orphan mine yielded high-grade uranium

The Colorado Plateau is known for its abundance of radioactive minerals.

July 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Globe area produced wealth of copper

Mine Tales: Globe area produced wealth of copper

An area mine produced 800 million pounds of copper between 1882 and 1930.

June 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Silver turned to copper yields in Miami

Mine Tales: Silver turned to copper yields in Miami

Silver discoveries in the 1870s instigated mining in the Globe-Miami District.

June 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Super-productive mine, long closed, may soon reopen

Mine Tales: Super-productive mine, long closed, may soon reopen

The Silver Queen Ledge, near modern-day Superior including the Irene and Hub claims, was discovered in 1871 by prospectors in search of the nearby Silver King Mine.

June 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Silver King Mine lived up to its name

Mine Tales: Silver King Mine lived up to its name

Located three miles north of Superior in Pinal County, the Silver King Mine was once the richest silver mine in Arizona, producing high-grade silver along with smaller amounts of gold, copper, zinc and lead.

June 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: 'Comstock of Arizona' yielded millions in gold, silver

Mine Tales: 'Comstock of Arizona' yielded millions in gold, silver

While prospecting along the Hassayampa River in October 1863, Henry Wickenburg and several associates discovered a gold-bearing quartz outcrop 500 feet long, 400 feet wide and 100 feet tall.

June 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Gold-mining in Mohave County had its ups and downs

Mine Tales: Gold-mining in Mohave County had its ups and downs

The San Francisco Mining district, whose claim to fame was $34 million in gold production between 1870 and 1933, is located in the southern part of the Black Mountains in Mohave County.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Frontier military forts protected Arizona miners

Mine Tales: Frontier military forts protected Arizona miners

Frontier military outposts in Arizona began with several early presidios established along the Santa Cruz River.

May 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: State's history of coal mining goes back at least 700 years

Mine Tales: State's history of coal mining goes back at least 700 years

People have mined coal in Arizona for at least 700 years, but today the only active mine in the state is the Kayenta Mine at the Black Mesa field on the Colorado Plateau in Northeastern Arizona.

May 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Huge haul trucks changed the face of the mining industry

Mine Tales: Huge haul trucks changed the face of the mining industry

The importance of haul trucks in the history of surface mining in Arizona cannot be overstated.

May 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Ore led to Jerome's boon, may aid city again

Mine Tales: Ore led to Jerome's boon, may aid city again

Jerome’s population reached 15,000 during the peak of mining operations during the 1920s.

April 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: Tiny Jerome was once one of the world's biggest names in copper production

Mine Tales: Tiny Jerome was once one of the world's biggest names in copper production

Located 56 miles southwest of Flagstaff on the east slope of Mingus Mountain — a 1,750-million-year-old volcanic tuff — the town of Jerome and its surroundings were once known as one of the greatest copper-producing areas on the planet.

April 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Mine Tales: San Manuel was once world's largest underground copper mine

Mine Tales: San Manuel was once world's largest underground copper mine

Located in the Lower San Pedro River Basin 40 miles northeast of Tucson and a mile south of the Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, the San Manuel area enticed 1880s prospectors attracted to the copper-stained exposures of Red Hill and other nearby localities.

April 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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