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North Tegner Street Mirage

The North Tegner Street Mirage in Wickenburg is so convincing this summer that it has attracted pelicans from California. …

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Researching a Depression Era Mine – Part II: Living Conditions, Historical Context, and Location

Part 1 of this two-part series, introduced readers to this depression era mine and provided details and many photos of what could be found there. This second part completes the series by providing observations on what living conditions were like, some history, and directions for finding the site for exploration.

Living Conditions

Finally, let’s examine the small settlement area near the mine. Figure 10 shows the only wall at this site. It is not a dry stack and, importantly, it is not adobe. Instead, this wall was built using a combination of mortar and local rock. The coloration on the …

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Monsoon Season Photos

Being short handed at the business lately, I’ve only been able to enjoy my Wickenburg retreat about one day a week. Focusing my attention more on each bit of beauty, I grab the camera often, not wanting to let one bit of it go. It’s all too beautiful not to share.

Moisture from afternoon storms and the night’s light rain, helped create beautiful, layered mauve hues at sunrise.

Late yesterday morning, the usual Monsoon storms to the north were a-brew-in, with an interesting cloud formation in front.

Contrasts and hues yesterday evening to the east, after the …

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Researching a Depression Era Mine – Part I: Mine Overview

No one can say with certainty how many adits and shafts have been dug in Arizona’s mining districts in historic times. Estimates vary considerably – even between state and federal agencies – but could range as high as 100,000 hard rock mine entrances. The vast majority fall into two broad categories: “past producers” and “prospects” and nearly all of them are now abandoned. The steady decline in gold and silver production during the 1920’s and early 1930’s led to the closing of many mines. Settlements were dismantled, or simply abandoned; as people moved on to seek their livelihood elsewhere.

After …

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