Thomas "Tom" Taylor


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Thomas “Tom” Taylor was an employee of the United Verde Mine or the “Big Hole” as it was called by the miners. One of the largest copper mines in the United States, the Big Hole was an open-pit mine owned originally by the United Verde Copper Company. In addition to copper, the mine also produced gold and silver. Various references show Tom’s title as varying slightly. In 1909, he was referred to as the General Superintendent at the company’s smelters at Jerome; in 1920 he was the Smelter Superintendent; in 1925 he carried the title General Superintendent; in 1930, his title was General Smelter Superintendent.

Sources: American Mining Manual, 1920; United Verde Copper Company Collection, 1889-1943; Weekly Journal Miner, April 28, 1909; The Mining Congress Journal, April 1930.


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