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“Miner Pushing Ore Cart” by William D White. This painting was part of a series commissioned by Phelps Dodge Corporation in the mid-1930’s depicting copper miners. It is owned by the Jerome Historical Society and displayed in its Mine Museum on Main Street. Photo Courtesy Jerome Historical Society.

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It's easy to speculate about the return of mining to Jerome. Everyone does. I still do. The wealth of mining and its ravages are in your face and under your feet.When I roamed around Jerome and its mountains, I ran into big holes with fences around them and landslides of tailings. I loved throwing rocks down the holes to see how long they would take to hit bottom (seven seconds was the longest). My pockets filled with unusual rocks. I was in leaverite heaven.

By Diane Sward Rapaport September 27, 2014
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