Leading up to Arizona's centennial Feb. 14, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Feb. 2, 1912

Assistant Forest Ranger L. D. Way, of the Coronado National Forest, stationed at Oracle, came in today and will remain at local headquarters for several days making up field reports and drawing maps of the ranger stations he has been engaged in surveying.

Ranger Way, who has been running out the boundaries of the Coronado reserve, is enthusiastic over crop and range prospects for this section during the coming season.

"The weather has been ideal," he said, "and the range was never in better shape. More calves have been born this season than ever before, and all kinds of stock is in the best possible condition. There also seems to be a big revival in prospecting, and more men than ever before are locating claims.

"New claims by hundreds are being filed on, and assessment work on old ones is being rushed. Old-time miners are very optimistic and freely predict that this section will prove one of the richest mineral belts in Arizona when sufficient capital is invested to open up the extensive mineral deposits.

"Soon as the railroads reach this field, it is my opinion that a genuine boom along all lines of industries will be started."

After finishing his work to the local office, Mr. Way will return to Oracle and examine a number of new mining claims which have recently been located.

- Arizona Daily Star

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