While the suggestion to stop at the Arizona Mining and Mineral
Museum was a great one, it’s continued operation is (or was when I
left this spring) in doubt. Some powers to be want to re-identify the
building to support the “four C’s”, or Climate, Citrice, Cattle, and
Copper. If this goes,(went) through, we will have lost one of the
best exhibitions of minerals anywhere. They also have an outstanding
exhibit of mining equipment, including one of the last working stamp
mills in existence. When I left they had a great shop with many
mineral samples to buy and a good selection of rock hounding books.
It is certainly worth the trip to the down town area to check it out.