So if you remember anything about early history and Spanish exploration of the US, then you might remember Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and his hunt for the Seven Cities of Gold. All he found were hostile Indians and mud huts. The National Park Service put up this memorial to memorialize the trip the Coronado took through the area all the way to Kansas. When they figured out that they weren't going to find anything but heartache and misery, they killed their Indian guide and went back the way that they came.
The Memorial is in the hills because no one knows for sure where he walked exactly and all the land in the valley where he probably walked is owned privately so they just built it in the hills on some state land.
Inside the small building was a collection of artifacts, a movie and some gear like the soldiers would have worn. The chain mail shirt was 22lbs and the hood was 12. So we tried them on.
|A type of house that Coronado and his men would have seen on the trip.|
Bisbee Mining Museum. It was in the old Phelps Dodge and Company building that was built in the early 1900s when Phelps Dodge bought claims there and started mining for copper. They built a stable community as copper mining wasn't the flash in the pan that silver and gold was.
|There were mountains of mine waste everywhere and the colors in the rocks were stunning.|
|Patrick demonstrates his skills at spinning a crank to light a bulb.|
|This pic never loaded the right way up for some reason but it was a good rule.|
|There are three of these circular bases that were once part of the concentrator for extracting the copper from the ore.|
|This pit ran for a long ways along the road. It was gigantic and the pictures do it no justice on massive it truly is.|