Santa Rita — the town that vanished into thin air

The mine encroaching on Santa Rita, circa 1915. Photo courtesy Silver City Museum "The Santa Rita is, perhaps, the most famous mine in Western America, for it was here that the techniques of copper mining were first developed in the Southwest." So wrote Carey McWilliams in his 1949 book, North From Mexico. Santa Rita - some 15 miles east of Silver City, site of today’s mine and yesterday’s town - is in a region of greasewood flatlands, of yucca patches [...] Read more »