Hello Friends and Family,

Pioneer Living History Museum, Part 6

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Today we start our exploration with the Eagle Mine and the home where the miner and his family lived. This is a replica of a cabin found in the mountains of Clifton, AZ where a copper mine was situated and which, much later, became the site of the Arizona copper mine strike of 1983.

This photo shows the interior of the miner's cabin with a (probably very uncomfortable) bed and a trunk for storing the few clothes the family would have owned.

The other side of the cabin holds a table and a few chairs. This was pretty simple living for the hard-working folks of the day.

Next, we see the faux entrance to the mine. It is not a real entrance since that would be too dangerous (can you imagine the liability issues?) and the exorbitant cost to create an entrance when there was never a mine here in the first place. We'll just have to use our imaginations.

This photo shows the mine's ore cars sitting on very narrow-gauge railroad tracks. These cars facilitated getting the ore to the surface for processing.

At the end of the tracks, the ore cars dumped their load to be hauled off for processing. Most folks think of mining in the western U.S. in terms of searching for gold or silver but Arizona is better known for its abundance of copper ore. Note all three of those elements are in the same column on the periodic table of elements.

I love the sight of old, broken-down equipment — it gives a feeling of authenticity to this wild west site.

Following the path back to town, we encounter the wheelwright shop and adjoining carriage house.

Here are the tools of the trade for that essential trade of making and repairing wagon wheels. Some of the tools are standard woodworking items but others are as foreign to me as those that might be found on the Forest Moon of Endor.

On the other side of the shop are more tools but also a number of finished wheels or those waiting to be worked on. It looks like business was good.

Out in the carriage house sits a buggy waiting for attention. It looks like it has been waiting for a long time.

Last for today, we see another junk site with a broken-down wagon and what appears to be a sluice used in gold mining to separate gold from the sand or gravel in flowing water.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com