a Miami tail


Moving mountains.

Terraced tailings and slag from the Miami Copper Mine in Miami, Arizona. The open-pit mine that yielded this debris was dug by the Phelps Dodge mining corporation, now owned by Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s largest copper producer. 

The mining town is situated on the banks of the infamous Bloody Tanks Wash. 

“The wash was named after an 1864 battle between Colonel King Woosley’s troops, his Maricopa Indian allies, and a band of Apaches. The two sides had met in peace to exchange gifts, but the whites, on a prearranged signal, pulled their weapons and opened fire on the Apaches. The nineteen Indians shot in the encounter crawled over rocks to the creek, staining its water and banks crimson with blood and giving the wash its tragic name.”

This quote is from a travel guide, Scenic Driving in Arizona, by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides, 2009). Wherever you drive in America it seems you’re never far from a scene of cruel oppression or unspeakable violence.