Mining History Association


23rd Annual Conference June 7-10, 2012

Prescott Resort, Prescott Arizona

 

Arizona celebrated its centennial of statehood in 2012. The Mining History Association joined the celebration by holding its 23rd Annual Conference in Prescott (pronounced press-kit), Arizona’s first and two-time Territorial Capital (1864-1867, 1877-1889).

The conference venue was the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. It is probably the finest hotel in the area with nice extra facilities such as a salon and spa, fitness facility, and indoor pool and Jacuzzi. For those who haven’t learned that mining is a gamble (or have been lucky) there is also a casino next door.

Prescott is the County Seat of Yavapai County. Courthouse Plaza is the setting for community events, outdoor entertainment, and arts and crafts shows. Nearby is historic Whisky Row whose saloons once catered to cowboys and, no doubt, miners. The town boasts over 800 structures on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, golf, and the zoo are a few of the outdoor options for visitors.

There are three outstanding museums in Prescott, two of which are in the downtown area. The Sharlot Hall Museum is the premier historical museum of northern Arizona and was the location of the Welcoming Reception. The Smoki Museum has renowned exhibits of Native American culture. The Phippen Museum featuring the art and heritage of the American West is located a few miles out of town on US 89.

Nearby Jerome was the site of the Friday afternoon field trip, but there was much more to see than the field trip was able to cover. Driving time from the Prescott Resort to Jerome is approximately one hour each way. Weekends in Jerome are extremely crowded but participants may want to return to Jerome on Monday if they wish to see more. The Jerome Historical Society’s museum in downtown Jerome is definitely a “must see.” There are a lot of boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, all ready, willing, and able to serve the tourist.

Those arriving early or staying over after the conference had several sightseeing options. Montezuma Castle Nat. Monument near Camp Verde on I-17, has a high-rise Indian cliff dwelling. Tuzigoot National Monument north of Cottonwood has an Indian pueblo complex. The Clemenceau Heritage Museum in Cottonwood has outstanding exhibits primarily pertaining to the United Verde Extension mine and smelter. It has a model of all the railroads and aerial trams that once served the area.

Clarkdale was at one time a model planned community, built by William A Clark to house the employees of the smelter. It is worth driving around for a trip through the past to see how things were almost 100 years ago. The Verde Canyon Railroad departs Clarkdale for a scenic 20 mile ride along the Verde River.

Sedona and its famous red rocks are located about an hour and a half from Prescott. The drive on 89A from Prescott to Flagstaff, through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon, is one of the major scenic drives in Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park is also an easy full-day trip.

For those driving to Prescott from the east on I-40, the mining museum in Grants, NM is a “must see”. It tells the story of the uranium boom in the area. The Petrified Forest National Park is located east of Holbrook, AZ. A little west of Winslow AZ is the Meteor Crater. The visitor’s center is well done. The crater and its namesake, Barringer, was the subject of a paper presented at the MHA meeting in Silver City.


Hoop Dancer on Court House Square (Kerrick James photo, Prescott Office of Tourism)


Watson Lake near Prescott (Franz Rosenberger photo, Prescott Office of Tourism)


Victorian Home in a Prescott Neighborhood (Franz Rosenberger photo, Prescott Office of Tourism)


Sunset over Thumb Butte (Kim H. Kapin photo, Prescott Office of Tourism)
Prescott’s Mining History

Prescott is literally surrounded by mining history. Conference tours and field trips visited the famous Jerome and Bagdad mining areas. Other historic areas were available for independent exploration. CLICK HERE to learn more mining history.


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SOCIAL EVENTS (SEE PHOTO GALLERIES BELOW)

 

Welcoming Reception, June 7, 2012

Presidential Luncheon, June 9, 2012

Awards Banquet, June 9, 2012

               

TOURS AND FIELD TRIPS

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Jerome Mining District, June 8, 2012

Bagdad Mining District, June 10, 2012

Self-Guided Day Trip to Crown King Arizona

 

VISITOR RESOURCES

 

Prescott Chamber of Commerce

Sharlot Hall Museum

Jerome State Historic Park

Jerome Historical Society Museum

Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, Bagdad Operations

 

READINGS AND REFERENCES

 

Some Talk About a Copper Mine- A History of Bagdad, AZ (Prescott: Ralph Tanner Associates, 1991)

Experience Jerome & The Verde Valley- Legends & Legacies (Sedona: Thorne Enterprises, 1990)

Herbert V. Young, They Came to Jerome (Jerome: The Jerome Historical Society, 1972)

Young, Herbert V., Ghosts of Cleopatra Hill (Jerome: The Jerome Historical Society, 1964)

Eric Clements, After the Boom in Tombstone and Jerome, Arizona: Decline in Western Resource Towns (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2003)

 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

 

Bill Hawes, General Chairman

Bob Metz

 

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Bill Hawes, Conference Chair, welcomes everyone to Prescott.

Attendees filled the room for the Opening Program Session.

David Wolff, Eric Clements, and Duane Smith, past Conference chairs, glad Bill and Bob are in charge this year!

Bob Metz, Program Chair, lays out the agenda for Conference.

Arielle Gorin and Teresa Houser, graduate students and MHA grant recipients, presented papers on their historic research.

Another view of participants most states and several foreign countries

Exhibitors’ booths surrounding the audience did a brisk business during the breaks.

Jeretta Douglas and Mike Canty presented a paper on James Douglas.


Photo Credits: Susan Canty and Mike Kaas

 

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