Mining History Association


Globe and Miami, Arizona Update 2013

 

 

PHOTO GALLERY 1 - Miami

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This mosaic of photos provides a panorama of modern-day Miami, Arizona looking toward the north.  At the right are the Van Dyke and No. 5 Shafts of the Miami Copper Company.  The Bullion Plaza School is located in the valley to the left of the Big M.  The mine dumps and foothills hide the large open pit mines toward the rear of the photos.  The Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company smelter is located just to the right of the photos.

The No. 5 Shaft of the Miami Copper Company served the underground mine.  The old Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company concentrator can be seen in the distance at the right.
The Inspiration Smelter site is now operated by Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold.  The modern IsaSmelt(tm) primary furnace process is used to comply with Clean Air Act regulations.

(Above) A view of the west end of Miami with the mine dumps towering above the town.  The Bullion Plaza School/Cultural Center is at the center.

 

(Right) The mission style Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

The Bullion Plaza School has been converted to the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum.  The outdoor exhibits include a large open pit haulage truck.

The hoist drum from the Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company mine is on display at the Cultural Center and Museum.

 

Photo Credits Bill Hawes

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