a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mining

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

M - Mining

Arizona has an active copper mine located in Bagdad, Arizona.



It is a typical mine town in that all the housing and commercial buildings are owned by Freeport-McMoRan, who owns the mine.  

The town is basically in the middle of nowhere.  It only has a grocery store, a few gas stations, I think it might have had a dollar store, can't remember 100%.  There is an elementary school as well as a combined middle school and high school.  I often wonder in small towns like that how the kids stay busy in the summertime and where do people go to do their big shopping. Not sure I could live in such a small town.



Do you know anyone that had worked in mines, past or present? My mom's father and a lot of my uncles had worked the coal mines in Pennsylvania; not even sure they are still mining in that part any more.

50 comments:

Tonia Hurst said...

Hey, I like your virtual concept and enjoyed my bench visit. I've never heard of Bagdad, Arizona nor the copper mine. I never knew anyone who worked in the mines though I did have a n old boyfriend who was caretaker of a goldmine in northern California.

Elizabeth said...

I have never heard of Bagdad, AZ. I don't know anyone who worked the mines, but my grandma lived in the mining town of Globe, AZ. The drive from Phoenix to Miami and Globe is very scenic, if you ever have a reason to go that direction.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Coal mines are prevalent where I am from (Eastern Kentucky) and my family has a history of working in them. I have never seen a copper mine, though.

shortybear said...

very interesting

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

As far as I know, no one in the family tree was a miner. That said I'm not sure what a lot of them did :) I've always lived in small villages, but in Kent you're never very far from a town - I don't think I could live in the middle of nowhere.
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Intense Guy said...

They still mine some coal in PA, but nothing like they used fo. there was a huge iron ore mines in the area too. The only mines my relatives worked i were the "salt mines" of hard labor.

lyndagrace said...

So I wonder what copper looks like when it first comes out of the mine.
I don't know any miners. I think of it as a scary, dangerous job, though.

Stephanie Bird said...

No I don't know anyone personally that works or has worked in a mine but I admire and appreciate their hard work.

DMS said...

I don't think I know anyone that has worked in a mine. I had no idea about this copper mining town in AZ. It does sound very small. I like to be out in nature, but I also like to have conveniences nearby. :)
~Jess

Lynn Proctor said...

I find these small towns so intriguing!

Lynn Proctor said...

I find these small towns so intriguing!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

When I see small towns like that far away from most anything, I always wonder how they do their shopping too. If it were me, I'd probably be making a trip once a month to the nearest large town and stocking up. It's sad but true we never hear much about the mines in our country till an accident happens. I think they are much safer than they used to be. There are no miners in my family but I do admire them.

Tamara Narayan said...

Sorry to hear about your cousins's husband from yesterday's lightening blog.

No, I don't know anyone who worked in a mine. Sounds like a hard job. I wouldn't want to try it.

Changes in the wind said...

They use to have a drive in theater. The screen was on a hill and then there was a ravine and you parked on the hill across from it. Never saw a movie but it was something to see. Had friends that lived here and they did their shopping in Prescott. Not that far.

Linda said...

Here mining is in the news, environmental concerns vs a proposed new one in northern mn.

Srivi said...

I don't know anyone who has worked in mines but I know that its quite difficult to work in those hard environments!
A great post :)

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Karyn Good said...

Plenty of mining goes on in my part of the world. Here on the Canadian prairies we mine mostly potash in the south and uranium in the north. I've been down in a potash mine. Very interesting. Not sure I'd want to go back down though.

Pat Hatt said...

Not sure what they'd do to amuse themselves there. That is a bit too isolated. Never would want to mine.

Joanne said...

I've been to an old silver mine in Nevada. Copper is very cool. I'd like to visit a coal mine. Can't imagine working in a mine though

Bijoux said...

I stayed with a family in WV for a week during a high school missions trip and the father was a coal miner. Such a dangerous and unhealthy way to make a living.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I don't know any miners. I visited Cripple Creek in Colorado and I wondered how difficult it must have been to get supplies there especially in the winter. I really wouldn't want to live in such a small isolated town.

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Sheena-kay Graham said...

Nope, don't know any miners but it's a hard and dangerous job. Kudos to those who do it. I guess those young people play outside, hang out, maybe even read. Or just go on the internet where they get service.

Chrys Fey said...

My family came from Michigan so no one was a miner. I don't think I even know a single person who did work in mines. It was a hard life for sure.

joeh said...

I'm guessing it is a hard life, especially before unions.

Sharon said...

I think we actually stopped at Bagdad on one of our family road trips. It's certainly desolate country out there. One of my great joys in life is visiting ghost towns. I am fascinated by them, and by the history of mining. I've been sorely tempted to venture inside an abandoned mine, but fortunately my hubby reminds me of the dangers. Still...someday...

xo

Yolanda Renee said...

My great grandfathers, and grandfathers worked in the coal mines of West Virginia and western PA. My paternal grandfather died in a mine collapse when my father was 9 years old. My step grandfather also worked in the mines and had black lung disease. Yes, some of the mines are still running. I can't imagine going into one. Maybe it's the reason I've always suffered from claustrophobia.

Sarah Allan said...

No idea there was an active copper mine there--or anywhere, really! I'm not sure how anyone can live that much out in the middle of nowhere. I could maybe do it for a few years, but then get me back to civilization.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That must be a tough life, but I imagine for some people it's not a problem at all. I couldn't live in a small town; I've got too much city girl in me!

Wendy said...

Some of my ancestors worked in iron ore mines and furnaces in the Shenandoah Valley. A few worked in coal mines in West Virginia. But for the most part, my ancestors were farmers until more recent times when many worked for the railroad.

Where I live we are spoiled by the convenience of stores just minutes away. But I think it's much easier to live in a small town today because it's easier to drive distances, plus online shopping is just so darn easy!

Sunni said...

No one in my family ever worked in mines.

I couldn't live in that small of a place either. I imagine the kids make up things to do like we did as kids growing up on a cotton farm.

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Ruth said...

I looked up the pop. cause it sounds like many of the small towns in Iowa and it is about the same size.
Shopping means road trip and these days online shopping.

Ruth said...

I looked up the pop. cause it sounds like many of the small towns in Iowa and it is about the same size.
Shopping means road trip and these days online shopping.

T. A. Miles said...

I enjoy remote, but that might be a little too remote. :)

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Paula Kaye said...

We once lived in a small town in Oklahoma. I was a teen at the time. NO where for the young people to go. But we managed. Times were different then. They had a small movie theater and we went to the movies everyday. You only had to pay once and you could see the feature movie as many times as you wanted while it was there. Maybe that is why I don't like to see movies more than once!!

yaya said...

That's way to small for me and not green enough! My Grandfather and Uncles came to America from Greece and worked in the mines in Pennsylvania and also salt mines in Utah before moving to Chicago. They must have wanted a bigger city too!

Maria Zannini said...

I've never known a miner but I'll bet it's really hard work. Nothing I would ever try on a good day.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

This reminds me a lot of a town I visited in Australia--also a gold mining town--by the name of Ballarat. Actually, when I was in Australia, it reminded me of the western part of the US (especially California).

Saleslady371 said...

Mining would have to be for someone who is not claustrophobic I would think. I remember the eerie feeling of the decent into the mine at the museum of Science and Industry in Chicago as a kid. Knew it was not for me.

Mevely317 said...

Nope, no way would I consider making that trip underground.
I remember being absolutely transfixed by the televised rescue of those Chilean miners a few years ago. The tears!

Denise said...

My mother's father and uncles came to Canada from Italy to mine copper. They eventually came to the states to work, but not in the mines.

Gwynn Rogers said...

Oh Betty, I LOVE the picture of the Grand Canyon. It is so spectacular. Arizona is interesting as I have traveled around there, but I could never live there. But it has a wealth of history that is fascinating. Plus, the scenery is so diverse. Thanks for the gorgeous pictures!

Liz A. said...

Never been to a mining town or known any miners. However, the whole thing about not having any shopping nearby reminded me of going to Mammoth Lakes and the locals talking about going to Target down in Bishop. This was a big outing for them. So, I bet they just drive to get what they need, but only on occasion.

TARYTERRE said...

Interesting to think about small towns like that in the middle of nowhere. One of my high school friends had a dad who died from black lung disease from working in the coal mines. It is brutal work.

Veronica Lee said...

Tin mining used to be the main source of income for the people in my hometown until the tin was exhausted. In fact, in the 18th century, Malaysia was the largest tin supplier in the world.

Ann Bennett said...

I always think of Tennessee Ernie Ford's song "16 tons" when I think of mining towns. No one in my family has worked in mines. However, they did work in cotton mills. They were called lintheads. It was modest work but it paid which was good.

jack69 said...

WE have visited a lot of mines. I knew only one miner, he had worked in a coal mine. He was glad to be out!

Ann is neat, bringing up 16 tones, I thought of that also.

Jayanthi said...

I like that the copper mine's signboard was 'copper blue' in color.

We have a lot of mining that happens in the tribal belts in india from where they extract manganese, iron and other ores to make aluminium and steel.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I don't know anyone who has worked in mining. Sounds like a nice place to visit.

Arlee Bird said...

I've seen Bagdad on the map and it has intrigued me, but not enough to make a journey there. My grandfather used to work in coal mines back in West Virginia. That was probably in the 1920's or earlier maybe. He didn't work there too long though as he got a better job for the railroad.

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The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

(I've commented so many times in a row now, your blog thinks I'm spam and asks me to verify myself in pictures.)

There is a mining area a few hours south of us...Carbon Hill, Alabama. I did meet a man (translated: had a summer romance) years upon years ago who worked in the mines. He died of cancer a few years ago, and I wonder if the mines had anything to do with it.