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Chino Copper Company of Santa Rita and Hurley, New Mexico

Identifier: PAC 049

Scope and Content

The Santa Rita Mine collection consists of over 200 negatives and 400 photographs from postcard size to 8" x 10". Most of the material is dated and identified. The majority of the material is pre-1920. Topics range from engineering and structural to photos of assay shop, town views, ball teams, railroad and people involved in mining activities. This finding aid includes a partial listing images which have been assigned unique numbers to identify the various subjects in the collection. The negatives are not numbered or cross referenced to the prints.


  • 1910 - 1940
  • Majority of material found in Placeholder Unit Date Text

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers on an appointment basis only, pending approval of application to view original material.

Copy Restrictions

Permission to publish must be obtained from Photo Archives. Online Request Permission form available at User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

The history of the Santa Rita mining area began in the early 1800's when a Spanish colonial soldier was shown copper deposits by a friendly local Indian in the area then known as Santa Rita del Cobre. Since then and up until 1909 there were various ventures involved in mining copper deposits in the area, most with mixed success. That all changed in 1909 with the formation of the Chino Copper Company and open pit mining. By 1910 the first steam shovels began working the hills, construction was underway of a concentrator, power plant and ancillary facilties at the old rairoad siding known as Hurley. The community of Santa Rita quickly grew from a frontier settlement into a town of over 5,000 residents. Following the discovery of high grade ore directly under the town of Santa Rita in the 1950's, the town and residents were moved. The giant open pit mine of today measures over a mile and a half across and over 1500 feet deep.


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Chino Copper Company Collection of Santa Rita and Hurley, New Mexico, 1910 - 1940
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© 2011
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the NMHM Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Repository

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA