Large copper reserves in Arizona are mined by Caving System. Exteriors of a copper mine plant at Ray in Arizona, USA. View of the surface pit above the mine.
Opening slate mentions Mexican employees of the Ray copper mine and their company town of about 6000 persons. The camera pans over rooftops of the town of Sonoma, where the Mexican workers lived. (Euro-Americans lived 1 mile North in neighboring town of Ray.) The copper-rich hills are seen in the background. Washington Elementary School can be seen during the camera's pan, beginning at TC: 00:20 through the end of the sequence. (Note: These are now Ghost Towns, having been taken over when Kennecott Copper Corporation expanded its Ray open pit operations in 1965. Reportedly, many former residents re-settled in nearby Towns of Kearny, Winkelman, Superior, and Hayden.)
View of the main haulage tracks for ore cars inside a copper mine drift at Ray in Arizona, USA. The drifts branch off beneath the ore. A mine worker stands beside an ore car. Another miner climbs a ladder.
Mine workers place wooden boards above heavy timbers of drift inside a copper mine in Ray, Arizona. Miners at work in shrinkage stope. Air drills are used to drill holes in the ceiling of the stope. A miner crushes block of ores beside an angle-braced pony sets above the drifts.
Loaded ore cars pass on haulage tracks through a copper mine drift in Ray, Arizona. The ore cars arrive at the main haulage ways leading to the ore pocket at the shaft. An ore car enters a rotary car dump.
The Crystal Palace, Bird Cage Theatre and Tombstone Epitaph office are shown, all in Tombstone Arizona. View of an abandoned silver mine. Animation on map shows marking of the main Copper producing areas of Arizona, such as Jerome, Miami, Globe, Superior, Ray, Morenci, Bisbee, and Ajo. A huge new Cornelia open pit copper mine at Ajo is seen. Churn drill at work in mining. Men in mine field give signals to each other with flags prior to blasting. Large amount of dust is blown as the blast takes place. Giant electric shovels are used to load the ore on trains. The railroad trains distribute the ore to crushers. The electric crushers concentrate the ore. A factory site is also shown.