Friday, June 15, 2012

Erasing Arizona’s mining heritage

In 2011, the historic and once top rated Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum was eliminated. Today, the building stands empty and unused. The closure was not motivated by budget cutting. No tax dollars were saved, because the entire mineral museum budget was transferred to the Arizona Historical Society.

According to a recent story in the Town Crier (Tucson), Arizona’s unique mining history is about to be further diminished. A statue of Barry Goldwater is being prepared to replace the statue of General John Greenway in the U.S. Capitol. While Senator Goldwater was a prominent political figure, John Greenway was a key figure in Arizona’s early history and a representative of the state’s mining heritage.  As noted by the Crier:

John Greenway is a fitting representative of Arizona, because as a mining engineer he developed the copper mine at Ajo which led to the building of the town there. The existence of the copper mines in Arizona was a significant factor in the admission of our state into the union. Copper was once very important to Arizona’s, and the nation’s, economy.

Is Arizona ashamed of its early history?

The Wrong Statue? Or the Wrong Greenway? An Arizona History
By Susan Call
The Town Crier, Tucson, AZ
May 16, 2012

1 comment:

  1. Arizona is mostly city folks now. They're more interested in learning about the newest eatery opening than in state history. To the young, mining is a dirty, nasty abuse of Mother Earth. Never mind that without it, their Ipods and Iphones, flat-screen tvs and environmentally-correct cars wouldn't function. It is no surprise the Greenway statue was removed.