Mining Ghosts in Ruby, Arizona


Ghost towns abound in the American southwest.  In Arizona, they’re mostly former mining settlements, isolated in the mountains and abandoned after the land had been stripped of its precious metals.

Gold prospecting by Europeans in Arizona began with the Spanish in the 16th century, but it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that mining began in earnest. Americans came west to find gold in California, and some thought to try Arizona along the way. They found gold, then silver, then copper. They built camps which turned into towns and when mining corporations began to replace independent prospectors, the towns became company towns. But eventually, the mine ran dry, the mining company closed and the town’s residents, all dependent on the mine or the miners for employment, moved on.

I have a fetish for abandoned buildings and a town full of decaying structures through which I can roam freely is my idea…

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