Arizona’s geologic riches share more than 1,000 years of history with the state’s agricultural development. Hundreds of years before the Spanish arrived, Native Americans mined and farmed Arizona’s bountiful terrain.
Today, modern mining ruins and abandoned farms populate diverse regions of the state and offer the curious explorer much insight into centuries-old mining techniques and farming practices. What remains illuminates the past and chronicles our oftentimes lightning-speed submission to newer technologies and our desertion of land now devoid of its spoils.
Abandoned Arizona: Mining and Memories delves, photographically, into several of Arizona’s scarcely settled mining and farming areas. Wandering through Southern Pinal County’s forgotten farms is reminiscent of a visit to a Smithsonian exhibition of antique agricultural machinery and superseded industrial processing methods. Mines, too, leave their mark, and not just in the land they scar—their crumbling remains are testimony to the grit and determination of the West’s early settlers.
Many of these once bustling agricultural and industrial sites will one day be erased and succumb to our voracious hunger for urban sprawl. The images in Mining and Memories will remain as testimony to Arizona’s proud history as a land of exceptional beauty and natural bounty.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Susan Tatterson is Professor of Digital Media at Central Arizona College. She began photographing America’s abandoned landscape in 2008 as part of her MFA thesis at the University of Baltimore. Her photographs have been exhibited at solo and group shows in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Arizona, as well as being featured in Baltimore Magazine, and the indie film The Curio Shop. Her website, Spirits of the Abandoned, features work from more than seventy abandoned locations across the U.S. Her work has been described by local historians as “heartbreakingly beautiful” and “simply gorgeous.” Originally from Australia, Sue moved to the United States in 2001.
Publisher: America Through Time
Images: 139 Color
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)