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Superstition Mtns on Route 60

This is a beautiful ride on Route 60 from the town of Superior, Arizona to the Top of the World just before coming to the mining town of Miami. Before driving past Superior, I took the time to walk through "Old Superior" and found many deserted businesses and streets. Mining was very big in Superior since around 1900 with mine shafts extending 3000 feet deep into the earth. Now, with the recent increased value of copper, many of these mines are reopening, now profitable.

Past Superior, are the magnificent Superstitions, which are of volcanic origin with tuff (volcanic ash welded together) creating unusual formations. The road climbs to nearly 5000 feet with mountains approaching 8000 feet on either side. The trip includes a tunnel drive and follows a parallel path of a long abondoned original route down at the valley floor.
Magma Hotel & United Mine Workers Local
Magma Hotel & United Mine Workers Local
The New Hotel Magma (also abondoned)
The New Hotel Magma (also abondoned)
UMW - United Mine Workers Local 938
UMW - United Mine Workers Local 938
Looking North toward Superstitions
Looking North toward Superstitions
Old Crossing
Old Crossing
Looking Back at Superior
Looking Back at Superior
Heading East from Superior on Route 60
Heading East from Superior on Route 60
Old Valley Route
Old Valley Route
New and Old Bridges over Canyon
New and Old Bridges over Canyon
Memorial to Deano
Memorial to Deano
Old Road Climbs Canyon
Old Road Climbs Canyon
Steep Grades
Steep Grades
Pinto Creek Bridge
Pinto Creek Bridge
Most Beautiful Bridge (1949)
Most Beautiful Bridge (1949)
Memorial on Canyon Edge
Memorial on Canyon Edge
Closed Portion of Mine
Closed Portion of Mine
Top of the World Area
Top of the World Area
Pinto Valley Mine in the Distance
Pinto Valley Mine in the Distance
Abondoned Road Through Devil's Canyon
Abondoned Road Through Devil's Canyon