Bisbee goes to the World's Fair 1893



In support of Arizona’s drive for statehood, the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company collected a number of fine mineral specimens from the Czar and Holbrook mines to demonstrate the wealth of the Arizona Territory. The most impressive of these specimens was a 3 ½ ton block of azurite and malachite mixed with some iron and manganese oxides. After the Fair, it was donated to the American Museum in New York where it can still be seen today.

3 ½ ton block of azurite and malachite at the Czar Mine shortly after it was removed from the mine – 1891.

The large azurite and malachite block as it now appears in the center of the Gem and Mineral Hall of the American Museum of Natural History in New York

The Arizona display in the Mine and Metallurgy Building of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893. The large block is in the tall case in the center.

© 2013 by Doug Graeme