Southwestern New Mexico Mining Towns

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Spanish and American prospectors discovered gold, silver, and copper mines in southwestern New Mexico in the 1800s. This volume explores the further development of these mining operations into the early 1900s. During this time period, improvements in technology made mining profitable, and eastern corporations invested in New Mexico mines. World War I created a demand for copper, and this era saw the development of paternalistic company towns. Miners faced difficult and dangerous working conditions, but their lives improved compared to previous generations. Many of the towns and the people in southwestern New Mexico owed their livelihood, in whole or in part, to mining. Some of these places have disappeared entirely, some are ghost towns, and others are thriving communities.
ISBN: 9780738579276
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Mexico
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 210
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dr. Jane Bardal is a professor of psychology at Central New Mexico Community College and a history buff. She has compiled more than 200 images from private postcard collections to tell the story of mining in southwestern New Mexico.