All this added to the lore that these towns were some of the roughest communities in the west today after 143 years of mining freeport mcmorans morenci copper mine is the largest in north america expansion has required new homes in clifton morenci a modern library and recreational facilities residents are proud of their communities. Lems uncle bill spaw had the contract to rebuild one of the arizona copper company tailings dams after it was damaged during a big storm in december 1906 photograph from the personal collection of robert a chilicky co author images of america clifton and morenci mining district. Across america from big cities to small towns and rural hamlets there are many stories of challenges historic events courageous people tragedy and success some of the best and most exciting tales may not be well known such is the case for the towns of clifton and morenci arizona they . Clifton and morenci mining district images of america clifton and morenci mining district images of america issuu company logo close stories discover . History of the copper mountain morenci mining district greenlee county arizona david f briggs towns such as morenci clifton and metcalf where the miners and their families lived figure 2 ownership history of the copper mountain morenci mining district the most important infrastructure essential to the prosperity of these
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