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.
Snuggled below U.S. Highway 80, and 82 miles southeast of Tucson is the historic old own of Bisbee. Like many of the mining towns in Arizona, Bisbee was first founded because a rich vein of minerals was discovered nearby. It was in ... 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