Lavender Mine

The Lavender mine just outside Bisbee, Arizona.  Most of the town of Lowell was leveled and the inhabitants relocated to make way for this copper mine in the early 1950’s.  The Lavender pit was an extension to the the Sacramento Pit that was mined beginning in 1917 – 1929.  When Copper prices rose after price controls were removed in the late 1940’s, interest began to rise in returning this mine to operation.  With the beginning of the Korean War, demand for copper skyrocketed, cementing the decision to relocate the families that lived in Lowell, and strip mine the copper that lay beneath the town.

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