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Mining History

Modern-day Arizona has been shaped by many cultures, inventions and events. Native Americans, Spaniards, Mexicans and Europeans are just a few of the cultures that have made their marks and their homes in the Grand Canyon State. Meanwhile, inventions like air conditioning and events like the building of railroads and freeways have made it possible for people to live comfortably in the desert. What all these cultures, inventions and events have in common is a relationship to mining. 

Download the History of Arizona Mining booklet here.


The Arizona Memory Project's website hosts some excellent historical photos of the Old Metcalf and Morenci Mines provided by the Greenlee Historical Society, a collection of archives on historic mines provided by the Arizona Geological Survey and photos from historic mining operations in Jerome provided by the Jerome Historical Society.