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It took half a century, but the orange scar of smelter tailings at the base of the Tuzigoot National Monument has been replaced today with 125 acres of reformed earth and green grass.
Photo courtesy of Doug Von Gausig

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Eyesore for the Verde Valley

It took 50 years to bury Clarkdale tailings

Most locals remember the bright orange mine tailings that layered the plain below Tuzigoot National Monument. The tailings have always been a surprising eyesore for visitors to the prehistoric Sinagua ruin, but in the mid-1950s they created political stir and gave Phelps Dodge a black eye.