Until 1984 the Phelps Dodge mine employed 3,000. The mine shut down because the price of copper got too low to keep running it.
Depth to bottom = 1200 ft. "lake" at the bottom is 120 ft. deep. Each one of those ridges is 40 below the next and the track (used to be trains that brought the ore out) is 40 ft. wide. Mind boggling!
We explored the town plaza. Plaza was built in 1914. It was built by the mining company for their workers.
There are lots of little shops, a couple of restaurants and the library. We looked at real estate prices and perhaps one day we will buy a little house here and spend winters here and summers in Canada. A 3 bedroom house with everything (some furnished) go for about $60,000. The little town has a pretty good grocery store, and everything you need.
|Don't think this place would go for $60,000 though. One of the original homes in Ajo|
|Lots of homes have murals. We liked this one best.|
|He will be 90|
|The woman competitor was one of the younger adults - in the 60 - 80 year old category|
|She is 12 and from Casa Grande|
|The 12 year old's 6 year old sister|