Mining Ruins, Miami, Arizona
Van Dyke Mine
I noticed one of the many abandoned mining ruins overlooking Miami Arizona and had to investigate. Like most of the derelict structures that surround the little towns throughout Arizona, this one was no different. The drive up was short but sketchy to say the least; with a narrow road that could fit only one vehicle up or down. This location had been abandoned for at least 50 years by the looks of the equipment.
The Van Dyke shaft was sunk in 1919 to a depth of 1,692 feet (515.72 meters) and intersected the mineralized zone located by the drilling exploration. Work ceased in 1921 due to low copper prices. In 1928 the shaft was unwatered and development resumed and continued until 1931. It was reopened in 1943 but closed in June, 1945. In all, it produced 11,851,700 pounds of Copper.