Mountain View Mine

 

This mine is located about 4 miles north of Bisbee in Dixie Canyon. In November 1903 a specimen of copper ore was being shown at G.S. Crockett’s office on Brewery Avenue and a tunnel was being driven. In 1904 the Mountain View Mining company was formed and slowly developed the property. Activity in 1905 resulted in the shaft being sunk to a depth of 97ft. Three years later, the shaft had reached a depth of 150ft.During 1906, the company was changed to the Mountain View Development Company  In 1911 the mine was supposed to have shipped three carloads of copper ore. The property was supposed to have three shafts 250ft. apart along a vein, with depths of 150 ft., 140ft. and 125 ft. in 1906 tried to sell property for 150,000 to Bernard Schuster who was said to represent the interest of The Standard Oil Company. He failed to meets his end of bargain and lost the property. It was worked from about this time until 1914 by different leases .In 1913 the Mountain View Development Company  placed ads in the Bisbee Daily Review asking for someone to haul 100 tons of ore. At this time the operation had been taken over by William Truax Sr.* and Oliver Zane. They had a shaft down 250ft. and a tunnel.

*William Truax Sr. is better known for opening for running the English Kitchen Restaurant. During rush at Sylvanite, NM. He left Bisbee for a time, after his return he became involved with Mountain View.

Note there was another Mountain View mining claim it was within Bisbee city limits and was owned by Martin O’Hare. He was embattled with the residents some of which had built homes on his claim which was unpatented. A legal battle ensued which Martin lost. This Mountain View claim no longer exists and the town has since built over the claim.

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