Get your cameras ready and enjoy a scenic drive
through the Bradshaw Mountains and get a glimpse of the past. Get out and see
first-hand the mines, streams, mountains, gulches and forgotten mining camps
where history was made. You will be able to see many mine sites and go into
some of the cool tunnels in the summer and get a feeling for what life must
have been like working underground before the turn of the century.
Did you know that there are more mines in Yavapai
County Arizona than any other county in the United States? In fact, in the
1800s Yavapai County was named the “Mineral Storehouse of the World”. Between
1900 and 1910 the total mineral production in the Mining Districts in Yavapai
County exceeded the total 150 year history of
production of all the mines in California!
You will explore mines that have gold, raw silver
and copper visible on the walls and the colors of the minerals are a daring
display of beauty. Each mine is a little different; some have chutes, shafts
with ladders, ropes and pulleys others have ore car tracks still lying in the
tunnels as if time stopped there a hundred years ago. But who was here
before the miners came and how did they live? Of the many Indian ruins in the
Bradshaw Mountains, one is hidden below one of the tunnels you will visit, and
not far away are several metates used for grinding seeds and nuts. Come and
join us for a day you’ll always remember.