Thursday, December 15, 2011

Writer's Block: William Ascarza

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM


Local author William Ascarza's Southeastern Arizona Mining Towns has been recently published by Arcadia Publishing. $21.99, 128 pages, softcover. Here's the press release:

Southeastern Arizona has one of the most diverse mining localities in the state. Towns such as Bisbee, Clifton, Globe, Miami, Ray, Silverbell, and Superior have earned reputations as premier metal producers that are most notably known for their copper. Other mining towns that have made their marks in the region include Dos Cabezas, Gleeson, Harshaw District, Helvetia, Patagonia District, Pearce, Ruby, and Tombstone.

Mining in southeastern Arizona has significantly influenced the development of mines in northern Sonora, Mexico. The foundation of Mexico’s largest copper mine in Cananea was financed by American capital, specifically under the direction of miners and investors from southeastern Arizona. Overall the process of mining has established the economy of southeastern Arizona, making it a viable source of copper-related minerals in the 21st century’s global market.

Highlights of the book include:
• Local personalities are introduced and recognized
• The majority of the images have been donated from private collections of local residents and renowned local institutions
• Diverse content from the history of mining towns to the minerals acquired from them

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or

William Ascarza is an avid researcher and writer who has authored several books with Arcadia Publishing including Tucson Mountains and The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. He is also the author of Sentinel to the North: Exploring the Tortolita Mountain Range and Zenith on the Horizon: an Encyclopedic Look at the Tucson Mountains from A—Z.

William Ascarza is an avid researcher and hiker. Holding a master's degree in Information Resources & Library Science, he works as a researcher in the library field of government documents at the University of Arizona. He is also a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, an active member of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society and a tour guide for Southwest Trekking.

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