Amado, AZ High 80 Low 52
Wednesday morning we had bacon, scrambled eggs, and potatoes for breakfast with orange juice/coffee/water. Great start to the day.
After breakfast Jim and I had to go up to the hardware store and Post Office. When we got back to the campground, Jim and Jan installed Jan and Bill’s water softener permanently in one of their bays. Jan's blog has some great pictures of this whole procedure.
At 11:30 six of us headed out to the Mission Mine Tour. The Mission Mine was started in 1959 and they have recovered 6,510,809,506 lbs of copper ore.
They are mining copper ore and we learned that Arizona provides 65% of the copper ore in the United States.
I wasn’t too sure a mine tour would be all that exciting but it all depends on your tour guide. Ed was entertaining and enthusiastic as well as knowledgeable about the mine and made this tour one you would recommend to others.
Rusty stuff for Diana
Ed rattled off facts and data much faster than I could keep up with. The one item that really stuck in my brain was the fact that their electric bill is 1.6 million dollars a month. A month!!!
To give you some perspective – I zoomed way in on this shovel. Do you see that white thing off to the left – that’s a pickup truck.
The trucks and machines are huge.
Look at the size of this tire and this is off one of the smaller trucks. They were using 240 ton trucks but are now using 320 ton trucks. These tires are made by hand in the good old USA.
The next two pictures are a couple of rock crushers which are run totally by computers.
Their diesel fuel bill for the year is $19,362,000. Sure glad that’s not ours.
They use 4.2 Billion gallons of water a year which is pumped from 10 wells on their property. However, they are able to recycle 80% of that water and reuse it.
I’m really glad we decided to take this tour and I love learning stuff, BUT – I have to tell you that my heart was saddened by the blight this hole leaves on our land. They figure there’s about 17 years left before the copper ore is gone and then they will just walk away and leave it. There will be no effort made to reclaim the land. That makes me very sad.