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Friday, July 4, 2014


In Search of Fortunes: A Look at the History of Arizona Mining

Contact to order your copy today


M.T. Publishing Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 6802
Evansville, IN 47719-6802


(812) 468-8022






Details

William Ascarza and M.T. Publishing Company, Inc. are joining forces to create a new pictorial history book about Arizona mining. The book will be a large 9x12-inch edition with a deluxe hardbound cover. The book will contain 160 pages featuring approximately 300 photos. High-gloss , double-coated paper will be used for superior photo reproduction. The pre-order cost of this historic limited edition is $34.95. All pre- ordered copies will be “Commemorative Editions” with a printed personal note from the author.

This publication will be a pictorial look at the history of Arizona mining. Arizona is a state built upon the foundation of mining. Perhaps no other state has had mining so singularly tied to its history, economy and geology. It is one of half a dozen states that lie in the Basin and Range province, an area in the world impacted by plate tectonics, volcanism and crustal stretching.

Mining history in Arizona can be divided into several distinct parts beginning in the Aboriginal period with the Hohokam, followed by the Spanish Conquest, the American Prospectors and finally leading up to the modern mining era beginning in the early 20th century through the present. Major mining operations in the history of Arizona include Ajo, Bagdad, Bisbee, Jerome, Miami-Globe, Mission, Morenci, Ray and Silver Bell to name a few. The richest mineralized zone in the state of Arizona is the Bradshaw Mountains having produced 150,000 ounces of gold. During the 1950s uranium was discovered and mined on the Navajo Reservation for the production of atomic weapons. By the first decade of the 21st century, according to a report put out by the Arizona State Mine Inspector, Arizona boasts over 100,000 operating and abandoned mines. Depicted in this book are images of mines and the minerals they produced in Arizona throughout the history of mining. Each mining locality regardless of size is treated on an equal basis. Mining without a doubt will continue to influence Arizona’s history and economy for years to come.

• 9" x 12" Hardbound Edition
• Full-color Cover & Dust Jacket
• Superior Photo Reproduction
• Quality Printing & Binding
• Acid-Free Paper
• 160 pages

In Search of Fortunes: A Look at the History of Arizona Mining

Product NamePriceQty
In Search of Fortunes: A Look at the History of Arizona Mining (STANDARD EDITION)
$34.95
In Search of Fortunes: A Look at the History of Arizona Mining (LEATHER EDITION)
$64.95

QUICK OVERVIEW

• 9" x 12" Hardbound Edition
• Full-color Cover & Dust Jacket
• Superior Photo Reproduction
• Quality Printing & Binding
• Acid-Free Paper
• 160 pages

By William Ascarza 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Some recent presentations

Presenter, “Arizona Mining History” Adobe Corral of Westerners, Tucson, AZ (June. 2014) 

Presenter, “Arizona Mining History” Raytheon Tucson Networking Club, Tucson, AZ (June. 2014) 

Presenter, “Chiricahua Mountains: History & Nature” Tucson Corral of Westerners, Tucson, AZ (May. 2014) 

Presenter, “Arizona Mining History” Tucson Corral of Westerners, Tucson, AZ (May. 2014) 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Chiricahua Mountains History and Nature scheduled for release January 28, 2014

DESCRIPTION
With elevations above nine thousand feet, dense vegetation and unique rock formations, the Chiricahua Mountains are a unique wildlife refuge and natural botanic reserve. Inhabited by Apaches and then homesteaders, the U.S. Cavalry, miners, outlaws and tourists, this range has retained its allure through time. Apache legend Geronimo surrendered in 1886 to General Nelson Miles in Skeleton Canyon, on the east side of the Chiricahuas in the neighboring Peloncillo Mountains. Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius led the outlaws in the short-lived town of Galeyville. Chiricahua National Monument was created in 1924, and the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived in the 1930s to build trails, rock structures and fire lookouts. Join author William Ascarza as he tours the natural and human histories of this magnificent Arizona mountain range.

Friday, May 17, 2013


Check out my new weekly column for the Arizona Daily Star

Mine Tales is a new weekly column exploring the region's rich mining history. Email writer William Ascarza at mining@azstarnet.com



Old site in Tucson Mountains was active for a century

Mine Tales: Mowry made quite a profit

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Join me for a booksigning

Where: 

Western National Parks Association
12880 N Vistoso Village Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85755


When

Wednesday, May  22 at 12 noon and 2 pm
Sentinel to the North: Exploring the Tortolita Mountain Range 

Presented by author William Azcarza 

William’s talk will cover the history of the Tortolita Mountains, including geology, geography, flora, fauna, mining and ranching. It will include a general history involving American Indians and homesteaders. He will also discuss hiking trails and other areas of interest in the Tortolita Mountains. Reservations required: please call 622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event. 



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