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.
If you are traveling west along Interstate 89 ALT, about 20 miles from Sedona, you will end up in the quaint little settlement of Jerome. This copper mining town was built on Cleopatra Hill near Prescott and founded in 1876. After t... 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