2012 Mining History Association Field Trip

United Verde Mine and Douglas Mansion
June 8, 2012

Tour Host: Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold

and Jerome Historical Society

 

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View of Cleopatra Hill and the famous mining town of Jerome, AZ.  The first mining claims were staked in 1876.  The United Verde open pit is at the far right.

The headframe of the historic United Verde Mine.  Underground mining started in 1883.  Open pit mining began in 1918 and continued until 1953.

MHAers descend into the United Verde pit.


Paul Lindberg describes the United Verde orebody and the recent theories of its formation.

 


View of the bottom of the united Verde pit.  A drift from the earlier underground workings is visible at the center.

Sunao Murata from Japan and other MHAers listen to the story of the development of the United Verde and the United Verde Extension Mines

 

Freeport-McMoRan is continuing the environmental remediation plan begun by Phelps-Dodge, before the merger of the two companies.

The sulfide ores are believed to have formed in a deep-sea environment similar to those currently being formed by black smokers along the boundaries of tectonic plates.

 

Photo Credits: Susan Canty and Mike Kaas

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