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.
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
One of the places Sharon and I like to urban explore in is Superior, AZ. It is a small mining town and was hit hard when the mines closed down as were many other mining towns. We had been through Superior several times and cruised a... Read Post