Along AZ Highway 177 and hidden in the mountains of Pinal and Gila counties, sits the mining/smelter town of Hayden. The town was founded in 1909 and part of the Ray Consolidated Copper Company. Like the other towns in the area, it started out as a company community. The people worked for the ASARCO smelter which was located in town and known as the Hayden Smelter. It has the tallest free-standing chimney which stands about 1,000 feet tall.
One of my favorite minings towns to visit in Arizona is Bisbee. The old section and main street of town is set down below the highway. Many old buildings which line the street are filled with antique, new age stores and other busine... Read Post
Abandoned mine near Quartzsite. Located in western Arizona in La Paz County sits the small town of Quartzsite. Like many of the towns in Arizona, mines were a prominent resource in their heydays. These days, Quartzsite has a few tho... Read Post
There is a small ghost town that sits near the Arizona/Mexico border in Santa Cruz County, and at the foot of Montana Peak. Ruby, Arizona, is another mining town left abandoned after the mines closed but is well preserved for touris... Read Post