McCulloch Bros. Photos

from ASU Archives*

CP_MCLMB_A656C This view seems to be from E side of Mineral Creek looking SW. I don't remember the, probably, community facilities seen here.

Shop area, community facilities Ray Az

CP_MCLMB_A656B Looking over the town toward Teapot Mountain. Boyd Heights is the colletion of houses nearest Teapot. The silo to the right, near downtown, was not used in 1943 when I was there. The archived image is 5000 px by 4000 px--very sharp. The gas station picture is extracted at full size. Click to a 2400 x 1800 online version

Looking over town past Boyd Heights to Teapot.

Close up of gas station


CP_MCLMB_A656E Looking west from the south side of Ray. Looks like a tennis court in the foreground. The snippet shows cracking surface -- the caving ground - where the ground fell because underground mining removed copper ore then the ore drops so more can be extracted.

Lookiing west from south side of Ray

CP_MCLMB_A656F Looking north upstream; Teapot to the left. Zachary Hill with water works and elemetary school in the distane.

Looking north upstrean.jpg

Zachary Hill detail


CP_MCLMB_A656E No particular significance to the house. A company town, the houses were mostly owned by the copper company.

A random house in Boyd Heights probably.

CP_MCLMB_A656E Ken Shake describes these as for the miners use. Note the men coversing thru the window --and the 1930s era cars. Many (most?) miners walked the two miles to Sonora.

Change building, offices o- probably

1930s cars; pay window maybe


CP_MCLMB_A658H From Ray downriver Mineral Creek was orange. The tin cans (iron) here were used to extract copper from minewater. The resulting waste, an iron compound, was dumped in the river. The ridge in the background is across Mineral Creek--many hikes just beyond the brow of the ridge. The sign is for general use "DANGER Do not ... property of this company as the surface is being undermined and is caving...warning."

Tin cans to extract copper.

CP_MCLMB_A673C Looking west over Ray toward Sonora (not visible). Notable is the road alongside and in the creek.

Overlooking Ray

Along creek toward Sonora


CP_MCLMB_A673D I don't remember this view. It does show Mineral Creek with stream flow. It ran year around as I recall. Better pictures of Sonora are posted elsewhere. Half size 5 MByte>

Looking west toward Sonora

Sonora from Ray

   I noticed the article about the McCulloh Brothers archive in the ASU Alumni Magazine. The well organized archives can be limited to search by name, time, source, etc. I believe over 20,000 items are available, some 5000 from the McCulloch Bros. My interest was the streetcars and the Grace Lutheran Church in Phoenix but was curious to see if they went out of town. Some of their Ray entries are here (smaller for web use); several other mine sites are listed and several pictures from Hayden are there.

     I would recommend sharing pictures here with grandparents or parents that might have been there. Of course, first hand comments are welcome--use the email link at the bottom of this page.

     Considering how little I saw of Ray or Sonora as a kid, I't recommend you taking your young ones around town and surrounds to point out what is there. In my home area, I recently saw a full size urinal, the kind from chest high to floor. I think such a mundane artifact as that would be worthy of a visit (for boys) and a comment, a comment that the grandkids would remember years from now. The news says that the view of the galaxy is essentially gone because of light pollution. If there is an area where the stars are still visible, take the kids out there and insist that they take a look. Again, a sight that may disappear like Ray has for me. If you have recollections of Ray first hand or second hand, pass them along.

*"...downloaded for free and used openly for research." ASU Magazine, May 2016, p. 10. Arizona State University archives; McCulloch Bros. collection.

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