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Brooklyn Mine, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 1.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,886 feet
Elevation Gain 61 feet
Accumulated Gain 129 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.95
Interest Historic
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:24am - 5:19pm
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by Steph_and_Blake

Overview
An easy hike on an old mining roads takes you past mines, abandoned structures, pretty rocks, and a rather unusual fireplace.

Warning
The larger mine is rather deep and there is no fencing around it.


History
While little can be found on the internet about the Brooklyn mine (other than it was supposedly started in 1907 and was an intermittent operation until 1970), I did dig up (pun intended) a digitized document that discusses the Brooklyn - Arizona Mining Company. The dates on the document correspond with a mine starting up around 1907 and the location noted in the document is the "Squaw Creek mining district", so I think it's safe to assume they are one in the same.

The majority of the document seems to be aimed at potential investors in that it extolls the numerous virtues of the Brooklyn Mining Company with many a superlative. Here is a sampling of interesting and/or amusing tidbits:

* A "good wagon road" runs from the town of Mayer to the site. The road must have been in much better shape back then!

* The Humboldt and Verde Valley Railway Company would soon run through the Squaw Creek mining district "thus insuring the very best transportation facilities". We saw no evidence of a railway in the vicinity.

* The Brooklyn mine was reported as having the "makings of one of the greatest copper-producing mines in the country". Yet this was the only substantial document regarding the Brooklyn Mine I could find on the internet.

* The end of the document urged the reader that if he or she wanted to gain some of the earnings from the mine one should "secure your stock EARLY AND GET STARTED RIGHT".

The full document.


Hike
The hike begins at an abandoned stone and concrete building. The building no longer has a roof, but must have at some point as the interior walls were plastered. Perhaps this was the dining room/kitchen/store mentioned in the above document? Curiously, there were parts of the building that appeared to be chimneys, but we couldn't find any fireboxes for wood burning.

Moving in a clockwise direction, you next come to a large, free-standing fireplace. Above the (missing) mantle the builders had embedded colorful stones to decorate the structure. What confused us, however, is that the fireplace appeared to be facing outwards of the former building. The ground behind the fireplace's opening is level and concrete footings are still there. The ground in front of the fireplace is sloped, not very large, and showed no remains of a building. And at the top of the back and sides of the chimney are remnants of a metal roof. Perhaps the builders purposely constructed the fireplace to face the outside in order to keep the building cool?

Continuing on the old road (watch out for that rattler!), headed now southeast, you'll come across a concrete pad strewn with an even layer of the same pretty rocks that decorated the fireplace. They're a beautiful white quartz with flecks of bright blue and deep green. Why were they all brought here and not piled up near the mine shafts? What was the purpose of the underlying concrete pad?

After leaving the pretty rocks you arrive at what appears to be the powder house. The walls, floor and ceiling are made of thick concrete. No mystery here. Following the road further south takes you past one large mine, tailings, and a couple of smaller dig sites. From here, travel due west, over the desert, to your starting point.

Steph_and_Blake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Black Canyon City, drive north on I-17 for 16 miles to Bloody Basin Road. Turn right (headed east) on Bloody Basin Road. Drive 11.3 miles to Forest Service Road 14. Turn right and drive for about 5 miles to the mine site. Note that the last 0.6 miles are the really gnarly ones. So, if you're concerned about your vehicle's ability to negotiate big boulders and nearly 45-degree pitches (left to right), park before you start to drop down into the basin where the mine is located and simply walk down the road.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Mar 16 2018 3:30 pm
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