Enlargements of portions of a 1915 picture of Ray, Arizona.
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.Ray-.Sonora: 1915

Thanks to the Cline Library Collection at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, there are several pictures of the Ray Mine area circa 1915. One of them shows the Mineral Creek with the mine, mountains, town and homes. A little photographic archeology on a 600 dot per inch scan of the original picture helped clarify the ore silo question. This first picture indicates where the magnified parts in the montage came from.

Looking upstream past Ray, Arizona.

The individual pictures in the montage below are commented upon in following paragraphs..

Montage of sites around Ray, Arizona

1. This small ore elevator, where gondola cars pass under a bin of ore to be loaded, is the site of the elevator that was active in 1944. There have been at least three elevators during the mine's lifetime. This one, the one pictured as #3 on this page, and one on the other side of the creek just beyond the town (near #2). It seems amazing that several elevators were needed--and that there was no evidence of the large elevator (at #3) by 1944.

2. Downtown .Ray didn't have paved streets in 1915. You can see The Boston Store on the left, Miller Bros. Mercantile Co. on the right. The billboard advertises Bull Durham, a smoking tobacco that came in a little cloth sack. There are sahuaro cactus near the houses in the background. To the upper left, above and two blocks beyond downtown was the site of one of the ore elevators--not present in 1915.

3. This ore elevator resembles the one that was built near downtown (date??). The openings along the base are narrower and don't seem to be arched as in that later version. This one has three bays for the ore cars (the later one only had two bays). A person could get nostalgic over steam engines seeing this one at work.

4. " The building with the arches is the clubhouse built for employee recreation. Probably intended at the outset for the use of engineers and supervisors. Later there were several tennis courts built near the club house. The interior was very nice and was used for dances."--John Rich (2009) In 1945 Ray seemed to be a company town with many of the houses identical and modest.

From Terry @ Verdugo Oaks "The building with arches was the old Ray Con Club where miners and family could go for entertainment." 1/25/12

5. This seems to be a two horse team with a wagon. In examining the high resolution photo from the Cline library I did not see any trucks or automobiles.

6. Although OSHA had no role in 1915, there was a large DANGER sign. Despite the high magnification the text below the sign is illegible.

7. Arizona Highways has excellent pictures of streams. This stream with its rocks, polliwogs, moss, and minnows is the way I remember Mineral Creek. It ran all year as I recall.

8. "The building you enlarged was the General office. Across the street to the right in the picture was the 2 story Engineering office. " --John Rich (2009). The fenced areas to the right seem like small corrals but I didn't see any horses. The large veranda might be a nice feature in the Arizona heat. An oral history of xxx describes how hot it was. You soaked your bedsheet in water, went to bed and hoped you fell asleep before the bedsheet dried.

From Terry @ Verdugo Oaks "The building with what looks like corrals was one of the old Bachelors boarding houses." (1/25/12)

Link to Cline Library

I certainly want to thank the Cline Library for their help and for providing the high resolution scan. The original was apparently mounted in a photo album.

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