FROM THE BEGINNING, MINERS WANTED TO RULE
The early history of whitefolk at the Canyon, and the latest history, is filled and flecked with the visions miners have of bonanza! Copper, asbestos, and since the 1950's, uranium have exerted their magnetism, blunted only sometimes by the counter-drive for Park status.
In the XIXth century, prospectors were poking and grubbing about, building trails, digging holes, spilling spoil.
So far, I have not written much, but it is a currently live problem.
It is always worth remembering that, with mining, there is speculation, and the seeking of profit, not through exploitation of the mineral, but through exploitation of the gullible investor. Whatever you may think of the hardy old codger and his donkey trudging through the wilds, mining begins and ends with the mineral's Price.
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The energy company thought the Esplanade in Lake Mead NRA a likely source
In congressional testimony, the Navajo, Hualapai, Havasupai, Paiute and Hopi spoke out
Arizona 1, never a profit, always an opportunity