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Near Kerny in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sonora, Arizona

 
 
Sonora, Arizona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
1. Sonora, Arizona Marker
Inscription. Immigrant Mexican miners working for the Ray Consolidated Copper Company named the town of Sonora, built near here in 1911. It boomed as a thriving, dynamic community, rich in Mexican culture, language and traditions. In the mid-1950's, the company began to expand its open pit operation, gradually advancing upon the town from the east. By 1965, it became necessary to close Sonora and relocate the miners to a new town named Kearny. Sonora was demolished in 1966.

Sonora's close-knit residents shared common bonds of family, friendship and the dream of a better life. Although they were moved and scattered, many went on to fulfill their dreams, becoming successful in business, public service, and education. The town of Sonora continues to live in the memories of the original settlers and their descendants.
 
Erected 1999 by Arizona Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 33° 10.124′ N, 110° 59.978′ W. Marker is near Kerny, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker can be reached from Arizona Route 177 at milepost 156. Click for map. Marker is at the Ray Open Pit Mine visitor's viewpoint, about 0.3 miles north of Arizona Highway 177. Marker is in this post office area: Kearny AZ 85137, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Sonora, Arizona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
2. Sonora, Arizona Marker
6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kearny, Arizona (approx. 9.4 miles away); Porter Air Locomotive (approx. 9.4 miles away); US 60 History Trail (approx. 10.3 miles away); Robert Taylor 'Bob' Jones (approx. 10.4 miles away); Historic Pinal Cemetery (approx. 11.4 miles away); Picket Post Mountain (approx. 11.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Kearny, Arizona. The town's website tells the history of the region. (Submitted on August 8, 2010.) 

2. The Cline Library at Northern Arizona University. Photo album of the Ray Mine area. (Submitted on August 9, 2010.) 
 
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Sonora, Arizona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
3. Sonora, Arizona Marker
The marker is to the right of the covered viewing area.
Turn off From Arizona Hwy 177 to Visitor's Viewpoint. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
4. Turn off From Arizona Hwy 177 to Visitor's Viewpoint.
Site of Sonora, Arizona image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
5. Site of Sonora, Arizona
Ray Open Pit Mine as viewed from marker. Those little dots are 275 ton ore trucks.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,038 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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