Southern Arizona Sights

Lavender Pit Mine

Published 11/18/2015

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About ¼ mile after AZ 80 intersects with AZ 92, you can pull off the highway into a gravel parking lot, where a short, typewritten history of the Lavender Pit Mine is attached to the hurricane fence (Bisbee isn't big on formal exhibits). The hole left by the copper miners is huge, with piles of lavender-hue "tailings," or waste, creating mountains around it. Arizona's largest pit mine yielded some 94 million tons of copper ore before mining activity came to a halt.

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AZ 80, Bisbee, Arizona, 85603, USA

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