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Apache Junction in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Goldfield Mining District

 
 
Goldfield Mining District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 28, 2013
1. Goldfield Mining District Marker
Inscription.  
This Historical Spot
1892 to 1898
was part of the Mammoth Mine claims known as the Montezuma in 1893. Then after 1910 became known as Calamity. In 1944 this claim became known as the Bluebird.
The Bluebird Mine was found in 1893 and first worked by J. R. Morse and the Merrill Brothers to a depth of 60 feet on a quartz vein up to 3 feet wide. Some of the richest gold in the district.
In 1947 to 1952 George (Red) Monagan worked the Bluebird. He dug 140 foot tunnel and used an old Spanish arrasta (arrastre) to mill the ore. But only low grade ore was found. Historical photo inside.
In 1960 Maw and Paw Hamaker and family extended the Bluebird another 85 feet. Then in 1961 the Bluebird claim was patented on an assays of 10 ounces of gold per ton.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Resources.
 
Location. 33° 27.463′ N, 111° 29.261′ W. Marker is in Apache Junction, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker can be reached from North Apache Trail (Arizona Route 88) north of North Farside Lane
Goldfield Mining District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 28, 2013
2. Goldfield Mining District Marker
A partial view of the marker is seen on the right.
, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5405 North Apache Trail, Apache Junction AZ 85119, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ghost Town of Goldfield (here, next to this marker); Bluebird Mine and Gift Shop (here, next to this marker); Superstition Mountain Historical Society (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Goldfield Mining District (approx. 1.1 miles away); Apache Trail (approx. 4.4 miles away); Jacob Von Walzer (approx. 4.6 miles away); Canyon Lake (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Dutchman’s Inn (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Apache Junction.
 
Goldfield Mining District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 28, 2013
3. Goldfield Mining District Marker
The marker is located behind the tree.
Historical photo showing "Red" Monaghan at work with an arrastre ore mill image. Click for full size.
By Ruiz, circa 1950
4. Historical photo showing "Red" Monaghan at work with an arrastre ore mill
This photo is mentioned in the marker text and is courtesy of the Superstition Mine Historical Society.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2016, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 288 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 19, 2016, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   4. submitted on May 28, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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