More Bisbee Turquoise Info
The vast majority of Bisbee Turquoise came to surface when
the Phelps Dodge Corporation started open pit
During the time that the largest quantities of turquoise were being
extracted from the mine, the company made no
Most of the turquoise was dumped on the northern area of the dumps, along Arizona Highway 80 across from the Bisbee suburb called Saginaw, and in lesser quantities in an area known as South Bisbee. After the dumping activities in these areas were full, the company began dumping waste rock in other locations. At this time, individuals outside the company began sneaking onto the dumps and hunting for the turquoise. Though this activity was illegal (trespassing, and a large liability to the company), these individuals are responsible for recovering much fine Bisbee turquoise, recovering it from exposure, and from the leaching effect of chemical water being filtered through the dumps to extract copper downstream. For several years (mostly the mid-60s to early 70s), these individuals locally know as dumpers, (the author of this article was one), were the only source for this fine Turquoise.
The highest-grade rock was never abundant. Present day illegal dumping activity is only recovering small amounts of any rock, especially high grade, and it seldom goes up for sale. Hard and glossy, with its distinctive bright blue color, and dark, chocolate brown matrix, high grade Bisbee Blue turquoise is exceptionally beautiful, and is unparalled with any turquoise found any where in the world.
Today in and around Bisbee and under the Mule Mountains are over 1500 miles of tunnels and shafts along with the now famous Lavender Pit.
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