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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Arizona hosts a significant quantity of pegmatite mineral deposits that have served as commercial sources of beryl, feldspar, lithium, mica, t…

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  • By William Ascarza Arizona Daily Star

Area faced water challenges.

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  • By William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star

Located on the northeast slope of the Bradshaw Mountains, 6 miles southwest of Humboldt on Galena Gulch, the McCabe-Gladstone Mine is a combin…

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  • By William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star

State ranks fifth in production; most is mined as byproduct of copper.

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  • By William Ascarza

Early 20th-century reports sensationalized a great copper deposit at the now-defunct town of Courtland.

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  • By William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star

Mining district started with gold panning operations.

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Town destroyed by fire in an hour in 1889.

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The town of Benson supplanted an early stagecoach

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Total production of mercury from the Phoenix Mountains consisted of about 5,000 pounds.

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

A wooden head frame and a grate that covers a shaft more than 300 feet deep can be found near a trail.

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  • By William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star

Mission, Twin Buttes were first major ore bodies here found by geophysical methods.

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Some stops eventually became bustling towns.

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  • By William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star

Powered by various means, machines made mining easier and more prosperous.

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  • By William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star

Harquahala Mountains had abundant gold, and water, too

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Mining companies cashed in on area's potash, helium and more.

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

REEs are used in smartphones, computers, wind turbines and more.

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Process helped miners extricate valuable minerals.

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  • By William Ascarza For the Arizona Daily Star

Highly collectable specimens were found at site.

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Miners dug deep to get to ore reserves.

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  • By William Ascarza Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Early explorers found vast caches of silver here.