Mining on Horseshoe Mesa

Mining on Horseshoe Mesa (HMQIO)

Location: Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 Coconino County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 59.892', W 111° 59.27'

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In 1890 prospector Pete Berry staked the Last Chance copper claim 3,000 feet below you on Horseshoe Mesa. The Last Chance Mine began a 17-year flurry of activity here at Grandview Point.

For a while the Last Chance Mine thrived. The ore was rich; it claimed a World's Fair prize in Chicago in 1893 for being over 70% pure copper. But the high cost of packing ore to the rim, then shipping it to be refined, doomed the operation. Berry and his partners sold the mine in 1901. The new owners continued mining, but ceased when copper prices plunged in 1907.

Mining on Horseshoe Mesa, though short-lived , had a lasting impact. Grandview became Grand Canyon's most popular tourist area for about 10 years when Grand Canyon tourism was in its infancy. The Grandview Trail, built by Last Chance miners to reach their mines, now serves thousands of hikers each year.
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 7:18am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 410965 N 3984199
Decimal Degrees35.99820000, -111.98783333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 59.892', W 111° 59.27'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 59' 53.52" N, 111° 59' 16.20" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 700-798 Grandview Trail, Grand Canyon Village AZ 86023, US
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