The Inspiration Mine is located in Miami, Arizona on the northeastern side of the Pinal Mountains along U.S. Highway 60. It was long one of the biggest copper producers in the state.
Miami was founded in 1907 to house the miners who had been traveling by foot or horseback from neighboring Globe; a silver boom town. However, most of the people didn't arrive until the train did in October 1909. By the 1910 census there were 1,390 residents. By that time the Inspiration Copper company and the Miami Copper Company were well established. The name of the town is a combination of an old miner named Black Jack Newman naming his claim after his fiance, Mima Tune and another group who came from Miami, Ohio. The town took on the spelling of Miami but is pronounced by locals with an "a" on the end (my-a-ma).
Large copper ore reduction plants earned the town the name "Concentrator City" and rich miners and mine owners lived in the hills. There were also a lot of ranching to help feed the hundreds of miners who moved into the area.
Today the town is staying alive with a growing interest in local history and antique shops. The climate is mild the year round ranging from 32 to 97 degrees year round. The hills made from the mines reach high into the air and slag heaps are stark reminders of the flourishing mines.
Old post card of Miami (pronounced my-A-ma) taken from the Inspiration Mine.
Don't miss the Gila County Historical Society when you visit the area.
One of the little trivia questions for Arizona is:
What are the Five Cs of our economics?
One is copper.
Can you guess the rest? The answer will be in a future post.
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