These 18 Rare Photos Show Arizona’s Mining History Like Never Before

It’s no secret that mining has played an important role in Arizona’s history. It led to commerce boom and bust, brought in thousands upon thousands of American settlers, and has been the catalyst of some controversial history and legislature over the decades.

Here’s a peek at some historic photos from public and private collections that help illustrate what the job has looked like over the years.

If you want to get a better sense of what life in the mines was like, especially in the 1800s and early 1900s, you might want to check out a mining history museum, like the Mine Museum in Jerome or the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum.

Since saloons were a ridiculously popular establishment to frequent during leisure time, you might be interested to see some that still exist today! Check out our article, A Visit To These 13 Saloons In Arizona Will Make You Feel Like You’ve Traveled Back In Time.