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tkurkowski Mar 27, 2012 11:02 AM

Near Sedona
is Tuzigoot National Monument, one of several sites where the remains of dwellings of the 12th century Sinagua Indians are preserved. (Sinagua = without water.)

You'll be happy to know that we treated this National Monument with great respect. It is surrounded by toxic waste ponds from the copper smelting operation at the base of the old copper mines in Jerome, Arizona.

Scouse Mar 27, 2012 12:04 PM

Looks a dry old spot as well.
Surrounded by the smell of capitalism. :)

tkurkowski Mar 27, 2012 12:55 PM

That poster is really apropos!

The nearby town of Jerome was a mining town built atop a mountain that ended up being honeycombed with copper mine shafts and drifts, to the extent that the town jail once slid (downhill) and stopped across the street. Started in 1899 or so, the Jerome mines produced over a billion dollars of copper with some gold and silver. During that time there was no income tax in the US.

In those times the western mine owners were at least as wealthy as the eastern robber barons - they were just a lot less arrogant. A good example is the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" who helped other passengers in the Titanic sinking. Her husband had shares in a mine which was how she could afford first class on the Titanic.

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