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Buckeye Copper Mine, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,114 feet
Elevation Gain 80 feet
Accumulated Gain 400 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.33
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19  2017-03-24 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 78
Routes 169
Photos 7,563
Trips 616 ( 5,729 miles )
Age 57 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov
Sun  7:12am - 6:19pm
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The Chris-Town Mall Started Here
by kingsnake

Likely In-Season!
Buckeye Copper Mine was reported, in 1961, to have been quarried to provide ornamental stone for a “new shopping center on Bethany [Home] Road”. I bet that is the Chris-Town Mall. By 1971, a three-foot quartz vein in schist, yielding 2-3% copper with visible gold, had been discovered. Two years later, Buckeye had two inclined shafts, one of 60 ft. and the other “several hundred feet deep”. Overall, Buckeye Copper Mine consisted of 62 adjacent unpatented claims.

In the "ghost town", there are 14 buildings. (On the route, all buildings are numbered.) All the buildings have concrete floors, some segmented and finished. Most had collapsed cinder block walls. There was no evidence of broken window glass. Two buildings (#6 and #10) had pipes for plumbing. One building (#6), on the saddle next to the jeep trail in, had a porch, and stunning views north, across the valley, towards what is now the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. Only one building (#12) still had standing walls, in this case of 4" thick concrete, and a 6" internal wall. On one side was a tin roof and wooden walls, leading me to think it make have been the explosives locker. Building #13 was obviously the mill. As far as mining camps go, Buckeye Copper Mine was once the lap of luxury.

I found one adit and one shaft, both unfortunately gated. (Covered with an immovable steel grate.) You can smell the adit before you see it, as it is filled with bats. (And bat guano.) Another shaft, on the southwest slope of the small ridge, appears to have collapsed, or been filled in. There are two more possible shafts / adits on a small hill just east of buildings 7-9 on the ridge's southeast slope.

If you have some extra time or energy, you can hike up to Hargan Mine from the Bat Cave.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2017-03-28 kingsnake

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix, head west on I-10 to Exit 109. Head south on Palo Verde Rd. for 6.3 miles to the school. Turn west (then south) on Old Highway 80 for 10.9 miles. Turn west on Agua Caliente Rd., which is paved, for .7 miles. At the split in the road, split right, staying on Agua Caliente Rd. as it turns to easily car drivable dirt. There’s all kinds of jeep trails heading off to the side of Agua Caliente Rd., which crosses bajillions of washes. After a mile, just past a very small hill, turn south on an unmarked jeep trail. (You will want the GPS route to find the correct jeep trail.) Follow that jeep trail southwest for 4.1 miles to the Buckeye Copper Mine ghost town. The unnamed jeep trail is rutted in spots, but is easily driven by an SUV. A car might make it, with caution. Park in the ghost town.
    page created by kingsnake on Mar 28 2017 3:07 pm
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