Early prospecting in the Patagonia mining district during the 1860s and ’70s was hindered by the threat of Apache raids. After the Apache were forcibly removed, the mining communities of Washington Camp and Duquesne were established a mile apart in the Patagonia Mountains.
Glen Goodwin, left, Lee Rogers and other opponents of the proposed silver mine stand on a ridge overlooking land where Wildcat Silver Inc. plans exploratory drilling and possible mining. A legal and political battle lies ahead before the firm can begin operations, however.
A piece of heavy equipment sits idle at a section of the land where Wildcat Silver Inc. hopes to conduct mining. Much of the land at stake is rugged and remote, requiring four-wheel-drive vehicles for access.