Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Mining on Horseshoe Mesa
In 1890 prospector Pete Berry staked the Last Chance copper claim 3,000 feet below you on Horseshoe Mesa. The Last Chance Mine began a 17-year flurry of activity here at Grandview Point.
For a while the Last Chance Mine thrived. The ore was rich; it claimed a World's Fair prize in Chicago in 1893 for being over 70% pure copper. But the high cost of packing ore to the rim, then shipping it to be refined, doomed the operation. Berry and his partners sold the mine in 1901. The new owners continued mining, but ceased when copper prices plunged in 1907.
Mining on Horseshoe Mesa, though short-lived , had a lasting impact. Grandview became Grand Canyon's most popular tourist area for about 10 years when Grand Canyon tourism was in its infancy. The Grandview Trail, built by Last Chance miners to reach their mines, now serves thousands of hikers each year.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 59.892′ N, 111° 59.27′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Click for map. Marker is at Grandview Point, about 0.6 mile NNE of Desert View (East Rim) Drive (Arizona Highway 64). Marker is in this post office area: Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Grandview, 1898 (here, next to this marker); Tusayan Museum and Ruin (approx. 6.9 miles away); Tusayan Ruin Trail (approx. 6.9 miles away); Horace M. Albright (approx. 8.9 miles away); Albright Training Center History (approx. 8.9 miles away); Mission 66 (approx. 8.9 miles away); Verkamp's Curios (approx. 9.3 miles away); Santa Fe Depot (approx. 9.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
Also see . . .
1. Pete Berry and the Last Chance Mine. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Grandview Trail. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Desert View (South Rim) Drive Map. (Submitted on January 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 690 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.