Copper Mining

Coppertown

Andrew Lichtenstein

Arizona, USA. April 2013

The small mining communities of Kearny and Hayden are in the heart of the Copper Basin in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.

Home to a giant open pit copper mine and a nearby smelter, which have been operating in the area for more than 100 years, almost everyone in the area works for the mine. The mine, owned by the Mexican company ASARCO, employs many who are third- and fourth-generation miners.