Cooling tower and cable house

Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 5 April 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Believe it or not, but the mines in Superior were one of the earliest users of air conditioning in Arizona, as it was practically impossible for men to work underground during the hotter summer months otherwise. The cooling tower for the air conditioning system was built high on this hill and a man who grew up in the area told me that at night, the hum of the fans could be heard in the town of Superior, nearly a mile away.

The cable house was common to several of the mine's shafts and via a system of dereks and pulleys, it would move the miners and their equipment between the surface and the bottom of the mines. I don't recall whether it was also used to haul ore out of the mines, but the cables wound around the huge reels inside the building certainly appear to be strong enough to do so...