Tafoya to talk on mining history May 24 at OHS

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Los-Mineros-cover_portrait.jpg

Onofre “Taffy” Tafoya, who worked in the Magma Copper Mine at San Manuel for 38 years, will give a presentation of his personal experiences on Friday, May 24, starting at 6 PM at the Acadia Ranch Museum, 825 E. Mt. Lemmon Hwy., Oracle. 

The program is sponsored by the Oracle Historical Society and is open to the public without charge. Mining items, and a selection of historic mining photographs, including some from the Tiger Mine, will be on display for the program.

Tafoya has authored two books: Mother Magma, a Memoir of Underground Life in the San Manuel Copper Mine; and Los Mineros, the Hard Rock Miners of San Manuel which continues the story and includes more than 200 photos of miners.

Among the stories to be shared, he tells of quitting a brickyard job in Phoenix and coming to Mammoth. “I got hired one day and went to work the next, and my life changed forever. It took me a few weeks to get to know the job. What made me decide to stay was that we were working six days a week, so we got  extra pay and I was always in the shade, 1,415 feet underground, where the sun never shines (not like the brickyard job).”

Books will be available for sale and refreshments will be served.

The Acadia Ranch Museum is open to the public every Saturday from 11AM to 4PM; there is no admission charge.

admin (7702 Posts)


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Mammoth youngster first to mail his letter

    December 4th, 2017
    by

      Marcus Vender knows exactly what he’d like Santa Claus to bring him this year: Minions, Blaze the Horse and […]


    Community Open House Regarding Upcoming Road Improvements in QC

    November 27th, 2017
    by

    Residents are invited to learn more about roadway improvement projects leading to Better Roads Ahead in Queen Creek. Roadway improvements […]


    Apache Jii transforms Broad Street Oct. 21

    October 9th, 2017
    by

    Apache Jii transforms Broad Street Oct. 21 The 34th annual Apache Jii festival takes off in downtown Globe on Saturday, […]


    Sixth Annual Prickly Pear Festival delightfully fun

    August 25th, 2017
    by

      On Saturday, Superior’s population grew for the day.  Several hundred event goers attended the the Sixth Annual Prickly Pear […]


  • Additional Stories

    Free Diabetes Summer Classes for 2017

    August 15th, 2017
    by

    Free Diabetes Summer Classes for 2017   FLORENCE, AZ – Pinal County Public Health Services District is sponsoring FREE Diabetes Education Classes, led by Sheri […]


    Hewitt Station Road to be Closed-Off beginning Friday, March 24

    March 14th, 2017
    by

    Drivers will now need to use Highway 60’s exit at Florence Junction to access Queen Valley. “Hewitt Station Road is the […]


    The Bubbly Hostess Shares Super Bowl Party Favorites

    February 3rd, 2017
    by

    It’s Super Bowl season again! Although my beloved Denver Broncos are not playing (you know, they won last year) we will […]


    Assessor’s Office will be in Town of Mammoth to accept initial Exemption Applications

    February 1st, 2017
    by

    Assessor’s Office will be in Town of Mammoth to accept initial Exemption Applications FLORENCE, AZ — The Pinal County Assessor’s Office […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger