Lots of mining companies in early Bisbee

When we think of the mining companies of Bisbee, three come to mind: the big one, sequentially known as Copper Queen Consolidated, Phelps Dodge and Freeport-McMoRan; Calumet & Arizona; and Shattuck-Denn. Phelps Dodge/Freeport eventually would consolidate all of the land holdings in the district.

In the early years, however, there were many more operations, some of which would be merged into one of the big three or others which were not successful ventures, or perhaps were stock scams.

In 1904, the Bisbee Daily Review ran this list of companies which were “actively engaged in development work in the district.” That meant they were sinking money into the ground.

Copper Queen
Calumet & Arizona
Calumet & Pittsburg
Lake Superior & Pittsburg
Pittsburg & Duluth
Calumet & Cochise
Wolverine & Cochise
Red Jacket & Bisbee
Bisbee West
Quincy & Arizona
Portage Lake & Bisbee
Bisbee Queen
Pittsburg & Hecla
Huachuca Consolidated
Houghton Development Co.
Bisbee Consolidated (see bottom of this page)
Copper Glance
Marquette &Arizona
East Side Mining Co.
Modern Mining Co.
Bisbee & Arizona
Mitchell Development Co.
Gold Nuggett Mining Co.
Mountain View Co.
Arizona & West Lake

Many of these were part of the Bonanza Circle mines, which had overlapping ownership and soon would be merged into the Calumet & Arizona.

If you want to know more about any of these companies, take a look at The Copper Handbook. Below is an example of a (partial) listing.

Listing from The Copper Handbook

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