Monday, February 15, 2010

More Ajo

Ajo became known for its copper mine back in 1912. The mine operated until 1984, although they are now crushing the tailings for use as sand blasting sand.
Just outside of town are signs of the mining.

Just south of Ajo is Organ Pipe National Park. This is an organ pipe cactus. These cacti are only found in this area of Arizona.

There are also lots of Cholla cactus too.

Here is a beautiful scene of Saguarro, Ocotillo, Organ Pipe, Mesquite, Morman Tea and Cholla.

This is the lookout in town over one of the earlier mine pits. It was mined between 1916 and 1924. Each level is 40 feet deep. The lake in the bottom is over 100 feet deep.

This old mission is now the Historical Society Museum.

This hotel is over 100 years old and is currently being remodeled to once again be a hotel.

This is the Tucson, Cornelia and Gila Bend Railroad Station.

One of the spanish style church buildings in the town.

One day some of us went on a hike to Little Ajo Mountain.

I found these little barrel cacti peaking out from under this rock.

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