By Darlene Wilson & Parker Anderson

In the late 19th century and far into the 20th century, one of the key economic bases of Arizona has been mining. Various areas of Arizona have been rich with minerals, including gold, copper, silver and others. From the beginning of the Territory in 1864, Arizona has been awash in mining, and in areas where rich strikes occurred, towns grew up around the sites to provide supplies, provisions and alcohol for the miners. 

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