A smelter town called Sasco

Sasco in the early 19th century, was short lived and ravaged by the Spanish flu And indigence until it closed in September 15, 1919.

The Southern Arizona Smelting Company was founded in August of 1906 with the amount of $1,500,000 in Capital and 800,000 in stock by E.B. Gage, president of Imperial Copper Company. This town was a smelter town. You ask what is smelting? It is where heat is used on ore in order to extract a base metal or metals, copper, silver or gold. Sasco was used to process ore from the Silverbell Mts. By the fall of 1909, about 245,540 tons of copper ore had been processed here.

The smelter in Sasco
A piece of Sasco history, still standing is a blasting furnace that use to do the smelting,
A graph of the inside of the blasting furnace
This diagram shows you exactly the parts of the furnace. 350 tons blast furnace that melted the ore at 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sasco had saloons, stores and a post office and jail.The town had over 600 people and had its share of criminal activity! Here is an article in the newspaper about a man who wanted to kill two men, but he, himself got shot!

Sasco was tragically short lived due to financially troubled times, and the Spanish flu that swept through Arizona, which hit hard in the early 19th century. Many of the victims of this pandemic are buried at the silver bell cemetery.

I found this picture on google, it used to be the jail in Sasco, it wasn’t there anymore at my recent visit here in May 2020.

Remnants of the smelter are still left, yet is in disarray and has been terribly vandalized and used as a shooting range with shotgun shells encrusted all over in the desert sand.
What is left of the Rockland Hotel, is sad to see a piece of Arizona history in such a sad state!

I wish people would have some respect for our historical places, This is unfortunate. It is still worth a visit if you want to see it. Take 226 off 1-10 in Red Rock, go all the way up the dirt road past the cattle ranch. Keep going straight up and you will see Hotel Rockland on the right in the background!

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Swansea Ghost town

These are the buildings where the miners slept, they had up to 16 men in one! Like sardines in a can!

So, let’s begin with this ghost towns history. Set in what was the Arizona territory, way far out in the harsh desert in the county of La Paz, stands a copper mine called Swansea. This mining town was founded in 1908. It has an elevation of 1,283 ft and can be accessed by a regular car, but in my advice, an OHV would be the desirable transportation to this destination.

Swansea rd.

Because of the fact it is so remote and isolated, This mine was minimal and was under the Clara gold and copper mining company.

These buildings were the living quarters for the miners
Inside the delapitated building, once held up to 16 men in one!
This building use to be a smelter, The smelters were scarce and it didn’t have enough for the Copper ore and it had to be sent all the way to Swansea in Wales the United Kingdom!
A photo of Wales

It was in 1908, the Arizona and Swansea Railroad joined another town named Signal to the town of Bouse, 25 miles away.

First sent to the Colorado River, en route to Wales. At this ghost town you will see some markers that reveal what buildings once stood there. And you will notice the holes all covered up, as they go down deep, I posted a video on my Facebook channel, that shows some men who actually went down into them! It is quite amazing and I hope you enjoy this article today!

All covered up

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Activities to keep you sane in your homes

If you are like me”staying home” is very hard! If it is you, your spouse and kids, you need to think outside the box and be creative! Get out the board games, play twister, uno, boggle etc! Teach your kids new things! Read books and even have them read to the parents! Cooking new recipes is fun! Prayer is always good! Watch comedies together and eat some popcorn!Read the Bible, do yoga or some excercising! Train your new puppy or your dog new tricks! Clean your house, change the interior around!Sleep, listen to music, make your own pizza!

Through this hardship we are all going through, we need to be strong and work together, if you can help someone in need, but please do it responsibly. You can use social media to contact loved ones! I use e-mail and call my mom a lot while she is at home.She is elderly and can take good care of herself , so I am fortunate for this! Arts & Crafts is also a fun thing to do like resin art, painting and so many other things you can do! Use that imagination! There is so much you can do at home!Singing Karaoke is one of my favorites!

I am making awesome resin coasters to go with the candles I am making, for my new business! Since, they are contained in glass (candles) I have sterilized and cleaned them in order to sell, but With the virus and so many out of work, I just don’t know if I should hold off on selling online right now?!! Any thoughts or comments are welcome! I also love my sci-fi and action movies! Got that Netflix with popcorn! Oh wait, I already mentioned that, lol! am sure you Gt stuff you like doing during this “Stay at home” time! We are great people and we are survivors, so love one another and be courageous! Keep checking out videos on my Facebook for new and informative issues!

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My off roading experience by Lake Roosevelt

The whole Tonto National Forest area is so gorgeous! Not only can you take your boat and go cruising on the water and fish, but you can search around for open roads to go off-roading! Yes, most areas near the Lake, the gates are closed. But we found a few dirt roads out there that are just so much fun and remote! We came across two that are definitely worth driving an OHV up and I am gonna share photos with you! Since, we practice “Social distancing” off roading is a great activity to do!

This is the place we went to, the creeks are running with clear water and you can can hike the trails out there as well! And the dirt road goes on and on!!!
Once on the road, you can look back and see Lake Roosevelt when going towards the Rock creek trail!
You will see the large Sycamore trees aligning the creek that is very remote and there where no people at all! We saw only two other couples driving in OHV through the area, smiling ear to ear!!!

If you love going deep into the canyon, and being one with nature away from it all, check out this off road! Find your place! Everything is going to be restricted even more now with The Coronavirus, so find your spot now where nothing can harm you away from people.

Water is life, so we love being by water!
Spring brings colors to life out on this OHV trail!

This off road is magnificent and I definitely recommend it! As always please continue washing hands, wear gloves and mask when needed, social distancing is in effect, but OHV is the perfect Fun activity for you!The main thing is finding places you love to go, and you will find your spot eventually! Stay safe out there and enjoy nature!

Gorgeous area ! I love Rock creek , by Lake Roosevelt!

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My off roading experience by Lake Roosevelt

My off roading experience by Lake Roosevelt

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My off roading experience by Lake Roosevelt

My off roading experience by Lake Roosevelt

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