- Want it by Thursday, September 27 Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.
Spanish and American prospectors discovered gold, silver, and copper mines in southwestern New Mexico in the 1800s. This volume explores the further development of these mining operations into the early 1900s. During this time period, improvements in technology made mining profitable, and eastern corporations invested in New Mexico mines. World War I created a demand for copper, and this era saw the development of paternalistic company towns. Miners faced difficult and dangerous working conditions, but their lives improved compared to previous generations. Many of the towns and the people in southwestern New Mexico owed their livelihood, in whole or in part, to mining. Some of these places have disappeared entirely, some are ghost towns, and others are thriving communities.
About the Author
Dr. Jane Bardal is a professor of psychology at Central New Mexico Community College and a history buff. She has compiled more than 200 images from private postcard collections to tell the story of mining in southwestern New Mexico.
Table of Contents
1 Hillsboro 9
2 Santa Rita and Hurley 15
3 Silver City and Pinos Altos 41
4 Cooney and Mogollon 67
5 Leopold and Tyrone 95
6 South of Lordsburg and Western Grant County 115
7 The Mythical View of Mining 123