Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Copper Mine, Farm Store then Arizona

The trip from our creekside mountain campsite to warm sun took about six hours.  We weren’t in a big hurry so we stopped by a Tractor Supply store in Silver City NM just to see what people in this part of the country buy at a farm store.  One thing notably missing was lawn mowers—no surprise there.  Lots of horse gear, but no baby chicks. 

Another stop before seeing New Mexico in the rear view mirror—and it is a big one—is the Chino Cooper Mine near Silver City.  This is an open pit mine IMG_6822 and they have essentially moved an entire mountain.  It all started in 1799 when an Apache Indian showed Jose Manuel Carrasco a outcropping of copper.  Since that time, the mine has gone through multiple owners and from small underground mines to the massage pit it is today.  The huge trucks hauling the ore look like ants down below.  And they are moving 24 hours a day.  

We are parked in Lost Dutchman State Park near Apache Junction Arizona.  This state park is a jewel.  Absolutely breathtaking view of Superstition Mountain.  Pictures and activities with friends later.

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