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Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Orphan Mine

 
 
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By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
1. Orphan Mine Marker
Inscription. Something unexpected once stood on the rim in front of you. A steel headframe towered over a mineshaft that dropped 1,500 feet (460 m) to one of the richest uranium mines in the United States. From 1956 to 1969, miners extracted ton after ton of uranium ore from this 20-acre (8 ha) claim.

The mine goes back to 1891, when Dan Hogan-an orphan-discovered copper here. Hogan built a daring trail to his Orphan Mine Lode 1,000 feet (330 m) below you. He gave up mining in 1936 and built a lodge and trading post on the rim, which, in 1947, became Grand Canyon Inn. Business quickly changed when uranium ore was confirmed here in 1951.

I gazed in wonderment at a mine existing at the very rim of the Grand Canyon.
Maurice Castagne, 1958-1969 Mine Superintendent
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 4.359′ N, 112° 9.108′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on Hermits Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at Powell's Point. Marker is at or near this postal address: Hermits Road, Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies

Orphan Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
2. Orphan Mine Marker
. Early Explorer (within shouting distance of this marker); Kolb Studio (approx. 1.1 miles away); Historic Kolb Studio (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mules and the Canyon (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bright Angel Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Grand Canyon Village (approx. 1.2 miles away); Buckey O'Neill Cabin (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lookout Studio (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
 
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Orphan Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
3. Orphan Mine Marker
The Hummingbird Trail to Dan Hogan's Orphane Mine, 1913
Orphan Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
4. Orphan Mine Marker
Rim view with steel headframe over mineshaft, 1978
Orphan Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 9, 2016
5. Orphan Mine Marker
The uranium mine tunnel on the left, Dan Hogan's copper mine on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 7, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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