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Spray Shaft, Copper Queen (Postcard), Bisbee, AZ
Souvenir Mining Spoon Spray Shaft
  Souvenir Mining Spoon Bowl Spray Shaft.JPG - SOUVENIR MINING SPOON SPRAY SHAFT COPPER QUEEN MINE - Sterling silver spoon, 5 5/8 in. long, embossed mining scene in bowl with engraved SPRAY SHAFT, COPPER QUEEN MINES. BISBEE, ARIZ. in bowl, ca. 1900, back with sterling marking, weight 21.3 gms  [The Copper Queen Mine is one of the most important in the history of copper mining in America. Located in Bisbee in Cochise County, Arizona, the copper mine which was originally staked by prospector George Warren in 1877 was mined for almost 100 years before production ceased. The Copper Queen Mine has since been awarded National Registered Landmark status and is visited every year by thousands of tourists.  The mine produced 50 percent of the state’s copper from the time it opened to the day it closed in 1975, accounting for eight billion pounds of copper. In addition to copper, silver and gold deposits were also mined, but on a much smaller scale. In its early history an option on the mine was acquired in 1880 by entrepreneur Ed Reilly who raised $80,000 capital from Dewitt Bisbee to begin production.  The surface pockets of cerussite were soon exhausted, but the owners found that the orebody ran 23% copper, with silver and gold as byproducts. Most mines of that era could profitably mine ore containing 3% or 4% copper, so the Copper Queen orebody was considered extraordinarily high grade. The surface oxide ore was exhausted after three or four years, but miners explored deeper and eventually found even larger orebodies.  In 1884-5 the mine was acquired by Phelps Dodge, now Freeport McMoRan.  The Spray Shaft (also known as the Silver Spray Shaft) along with the Czar, Holbrook and Gardner was one of the original main shafts of the Copper Queen Mine.  The Spray Shaft included eight levels 800 feet deep and connected to the other main mine shafts.  The second, third and fourth levels were the same as the corresponding Holbrook shaft levels. In 1917 the Copper Queen was involved in the Industrial Workers of the World miners' strike which led to over 1000 miners being arrested and deported in what became known as the Bisbee Deportation.  By the middle 1960s, the grade of ore from the Copper Queen had declined to 4%. The mine ceased production in 1975, but continued to mine the tourism industry.]  
Silver King Mine. Park City, UT (ca 1904)
Souvenir Mining Spoon Park City Silver King
Souvenir Mining Spoon Bowl Park City Silver King
Gardner Shaft Postcard
Gardiner Shaft Postcard

Souvenir Mining Spoon Bowl Spray Shaft | SOUVENIR MINING SPOON SPRAY SHAFT COPPER QUEEN MINE - Sterling silver spoon, 5 5/8 in. long, embossed mining scene in bowl with engraved SPRAY SHAFT, COPPER QUEEN MINES. BISBEE, ARIZ. in bowl, ca. 1900, back with sterling marking, weight 21.3 gms [The Copper Queen Mine is one of the most important in the history of copper mining in America. Located in Bisbee in Cochise County, Arizona, the copper mine which was originally staked by prospector George Warren in 1877 was mined for almost 100 years before production ceased. The Copper Queen Mine has since been awarded National Registered Landmark status and is visited every year by thousands of tourists. The mine produced 50 percent of the state’s copper from the time it opened to the day it closed in 1975, accounting for eight billion pounds of copper. In addition to copper, silver and gold deposits were also mined, but on a much smaller scale. In its early history an option on the mine was acquired in 1880 by entrepreneur Ed Reilly who raised $80,000 capital from Dewitt Bisbee to begin production. The surface pockets of cerussite were soon exhausted, but the owners found that the orebody ran 23% copper, with silver and gold as byproducts. Most mines of that era could profitably mine ore containing 3% or 4% copper, so the Copper Queen orebody was considered extraordinarily high grade. The surface oxide ore was exhausted after three or four years, but miners explored deeper and eventually found even larger orebodies. In 1884-5 the mine was acquired by Phelps Dodge, now Freeport McMoRan. The Spray Shaft (also known as the Silver Spray Shaft) along with the Czar, Holbrook and Gardner was one of the original main shafts of the Copper Queen Mine. The Spray Shaft included eight levels 800 feet deep and connected to the other main mine shafts. The second, third and fourth levels were the same as the corresponding Holbrook shaft levels. In 1917 the Copper Queen was involved in the Industrial Workers of the World miners' strike which led to over 1000 miners being arrested and deported in what became known as the Bisbee Deportation. By the middle 1960s, the grade of ore from the Copper Queen had declined to 4%. The mine ceased production in 1975, but continued to mine the tourism industry.] Download Original Image
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