What did miners earn at the time of the Deportation?

In reading (or writing) about the Bisbee Deportation, it’s easy to get lost in what wages for miners mean. (Not to mention the more specific definition of “miner,” as opposed to other mine-related jobs, that was used at the time.)

In looking through a copy of Engineering & Mining Journal for Jan. 1, 1916, I came across this chart showing what workers in the various mines earned, depending on their jobs and depending on the price of copper.

This is only part of the story, of course, with other parts being what the jobs were all about and what the purchasing power of a dollar was at any given time. But it’s a start. I’ll try to include that other stuff when I come across it as well.

Arizona Wage Scale


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