October 11, 2017, Globe, AZ-
This old copper-mining community, near and in competition with, a town called Miami (pronounced my-AM-uh), was, in times long gone, a gathering place for foragers and for farmers.
I spent a fair amount of time in each town, today. Starting at a small chapel in a canyon called Bloody Tanks, where a former professor of mine was born, some eighty years ago, I noted the fervour of the copper miners of Miami. This chapel, dedicated to St. Mary, has the full protection of the townspeople, regardless of their individual faiths.
Bloody Tanks has an interesting tributary of the Gila River, which itself figures prominently in my planned stops of the next day or so. It’s dry here, as the big river is, around these parts.
Miami was very quiet in midweek. It seems the majority of the town’s business, these days, is conducted along Highway 60, which runs clear across the Southwest. Miami’s downtown, what there is of it, is largely a series of antique shops. It would be a nice place to rejuvenate, but I prefer to see that revival run by locals- as is happening in Superior and Globe, on either side of the Cobre Valley.
A revival sparked by the Apache spirit would be a fine one.
The “can-do” spirit of people like Manuel Mendoza also does this town proud. There are many who have carried on, based on his example.
After looking around downtown, I took a ride along the hill to the south of town.
From the south, one gets a good view of Miami’s extant copper mine,
as well as of ‘M” Mountain.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is the town’s most prominent church, highly visible from the south ridge.
Miami’s hills will, no doubt, draw me for further exploration. It was time, though, to head on over to Globe’s tribute to its indigenous past: Besh Ba Gowah.