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Santa Rita in Grant County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Santa Rita Copper Mine

 
 
Santa Rita Copper Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 9, 2008
1. Santa Rita Copper Mine Marker
Inscription. Before you is the Santa Rita copper mine, one of the oldest mines in North America.

The Santa Rita Mine, of Chino Operations, is owned by Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold Inc. Chino produces copper and molybdenum.

An Industry Leader-Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. is an international mining industry leader based in North America with large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets and significant, proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum.
 
Location. 32° 48.366′ N, 108° 3.456′ W. Marker is in Santa Rita, New Mexico, in Grant County. Marker is on New Mexico Route 152. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover NM 88041, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kneeling Nun (approx. 3.7 miles away); Ladies Auxiliary of Local 890 (approx. 3.7 miles away); Santa Rita Copper Mines (approx. 5.7 miles away); Fort Bayard (approx. 5.8 miles away); Fort Bayard - 1866-1900 (approx. 5.8 miles away); Bayard (approx. 6 miles away); a different marker also named Bayard (approx. 6.3 miles away); Pinos Altos (approx. 10.3 miles away).
 
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Santa Rita Copper Mine image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 9, 2008
2. Santa Rita Copper Mine
Open Pit Mining-It took steam, coal, and iron to bring success to Santa Rita. When the railroad arrived in 1898, it opened a new era for mining. A successful copper mine needed to move tonnage—lots of tonnage. With the railroad in place, Santa Rita was waiting to be discovered.

In 1905, a young M.I.T. graduate named John M. Sully, determined that many small underground mines here were sitting atop an enormous copper ore body of great potential. His systematic and skillful examination of the ore body was followed by his commitment to find funding to develop this great mine. Sully’s success earned him recognition as one of the great engineers of the period.

Another contributor to the success of this mine was a young engineer named Daniel C. Jackling. His new method of open-pit mining of large, low-grade copper ore, earned him recognition across the globe.

With funding in place and engineering complete, progress was rapid. The Chino Copper Company was formed and the first steam-shovel began open-pit mining in September 1910. In addition, a processing plant was built in 1911 in the nearby community of Hurley. In time, Santa Rita Mine became known as one of the four “Jackling properties” where the techniques of open-pit mining were perfected.
Santa Rita Copper Mine-Open Pit image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 9, 2008
3. Santa Rita Copper Mine-Open Pit
Santa Rita Copper Mine-Open Pit image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 9, 2008
4. Santa Rita Copper Mine-Open Pit
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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