Mining History Association Tour


Historic Mines in and around
Bisbee, Lowell, and Warren, Arizona

June 5 and 6, 1998

(Reconstructed 2020)



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The Lavender Pit was an important Bisbee copper producer from 1954 until it closed in 1974. The view is to the south. The Junction Shaft headframe in Lowell is at the top left.

This view to the southwest shows the rest of the mine. The Lavender Pit occupies the site of the previous underground Sacramento Hill Mine and several others.

The open pit mine was named for Harrison M. Lavender, the Phelps-Dodge executive who led the development of this low grade copper resource.


Carol Bagley and Mike Canty at the highway viewpoint above the Lavender Pit.  The hill behind them (out of the picture to the right) contains the Cochise ore body which has yet to be mined.

This mural/sign painted on the side of the old Lowell Theater building welcomes visitors and warns them of the possibility of some “spooky encounters” to come.

Historic headframes mark the locations of important mines throughout the Bisbee-Warren Mining District.  The Junction Shaft headframe towers over downtown Lowell.

Not much is left of Erie Street in Lowell, AZ, a suburb southeast of Bisbee.  At one time it was home to 6,000 residents but most of Lowell was consumed by the expansion of the Lavender Pit

Antique cars of all types line Erie Street and draw tourists to the few remaining businesses in this modern ghost town.

The Campbell Mine headframe viewed from Highway 92 near Lowell and Warren, AZ, south of Bisbee.  Its ore body, discovered in 1929, was large and high grade (over 1 million tons, 8-10% copper).

A close-up view of the Campbell Mine headframe.  The mine was initially owned by the Calumet and Arizona Mining Co. which merged with Phelps Dodge in 1931.

The Dallas Mine headframe is in the far distance when viewed from Highway 92.


The Cole Mine headframe is in the distance and partially obscured by mine dumps when viewed from Highway 92.  It was developed by the Lake Superior and Pittsburgh Development Co.

 

Photo Credits: Susan and Mike Canty and Mike Kaas

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