Archer County Copper Mines

Archer County Copper Mines (HMBQF)

Location: Archer City, TX 76351 Archer County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 38.816', W 98° 42.381'

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(? mile northeast and 5 miles to the south southeast)

The civilized world first heard of copper in this area from Texas Rangers after an 1860 campaign against Comanches on the Pease River, about 100 miles to the northwest. The Ranger Captain, Lawrence S. ("Sul") Ross, later to serve Texas as Governor, had nuggets picked off the surface of the ground and hauled to Austin. In 1861, Assistant State Geologist S.B. Buckley charted the mineral site. The Rangers' ore haul was processed and used in gun caps for Confederate forces during the Civil War. To get more of the needed metal, the Texas Copper Mining & Manufacturing Company was founded on May 28, 1864, but wartime shortage of men apparently prevented recovery of copper at that time. The T.C.M.&M. Co., based in Dallas, sent W.F. Cummings to Archer County in 1880 to open mining sites. Although the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and Statistics reported in 1882 that no mining had commenced, ore eventually was hauled out and shipped to smelters in the east. No central vein or deposit could be found.

The Boston & Texas Copper Company of Tucson, Ariz., leased the mine site here in 1899. It produced some copper ore which was processed in El Paso, but again the project failed to meet expectations
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HM NumberHMBQF
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Marker NumberTX190
Year Placed1971
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 3:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 527229 N 3723048
Decimal Degrees33.64693333, -98.70635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 38.816', W 98° 42.381'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 38' 48.96" N, 98° 42' 22.86" W
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Area Code(s)940
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 83 Unnamed Road, Archer City TX 76351, US
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