Tombstone in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Mines of Tombstone
Tombstone was a mining town. Everything that happened here happened because of the lure of the silver and gold found by Ed Schieffelin in the hills of Tombstone in 1877. And so they came, the prospectors, laborers, miners, lawmen, “shady ladies,” gamblers and those who hoped to prosper from the ones that “struck it rich.” Thirty nine million dollars in ore were extracted from the mines in the 1880s until the 1930s. The area was enormously rich in silver and gold and much of the ore was close to the surface. This made early mining ventures easy if you consider that the labor was supplied by the backs of young strong men and the major tool for evacuation was a shovel.
But the lack of a plentiful water supply was a problem. Mills were built on the San Pedro River, 10 miles from Tombstone. Ore was hauled in wagons pulled by 20 team horses or mules over steep and rugged terrain. The water problem seemed to be solved when water was struck in the Sulphuret Mine at 520 feet. But the water that seemed a savior proved to be the mines (sic) executioner. The same water table was soon encountered in all the other
Erected 2007 by Tombstone Restoration Commission. (Marker Number 37a.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1877.
Location. 31° 42.689′ N, 110° 3.989′ W. Marker is in Tombstone, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is at the intersection of East Toughnut Street and South 5th Street, on the left when traveling west on East Toughnut Street. Marker is located at the Tombstone Consolidated Mines Company entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 435 East Toughnut Street, Tombstone AZ 85638, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Million Dollar Stope (a few steps from this marker); Tombstone Engine Co. No. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); City Marshall Virgil Earp (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Owl Cafe and Tourist Hotel (about 300 feet away); Southern Pacific Train Depot (about 300 feet away); Rose Tree (about 300 feet away); The Grand Hotel (about 400 feet away); The Oriental Saloon (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tombstone.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 195 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 5, 6. submitted on March 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 7. submitted on December 3, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.