Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saving the historic Vulture Mine

Efforts to preserve the 1863 Vulcan gold mine and adjacent Vulture City, got a boost with a $5,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, according to the Arizona Republic. The Republic editorialized support for the preservation efforts today.

The Vulture Mine Preservation and Restoration Association says that "The Vulture mine not only financed the growth of Wickenburg but also that of Phoenix. In 1867 Henry Wickenburg, Jack Swilling and others associated with the mine provided the capital to build the system of canals that made possible the development of the Salt River Valley and eventual statehood for Arizona." [right, Vulture Mine assay office. Credit VMPRA, via the Desert Caballeros Museum]

Check out the VMPRA web site for some great photos and details on the fundraiser scheduled for May 21.

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