Thanks, the History part is fascinating but the country looks like a rejected patch of hell. How did people survive it back then?
Maybe the mine was cooler but but one couldn't easily live there.
My opinion may be colored a mite by our Sept. heat wave that has cats trying to pant like dogs.
The mine I was in was a constant 75-80 degrees cool.
Wet burlap and a little breeze makes a good "swamp cooler". Back in the early 1900's my family would pull their beds out on the porch and wet down their sheets. They also would wet burlap sacks and put they up in the open windows of the adobe. The heat's nice, it's amazing how a little triple digit will knock the birds right out of the air.
Down below is a small road that I walked down, (my truck is 2wd open diff) and in beween that little road and these ruins is a small creek.
If I recall correctly you can build a more efficient swamp cooler cheaply. (unsurprisingly I checked Google)
Huh!! I'll be dip'd & rolled innit, why didn't they think of that? Oh I know, Because AZ had very few power poles back in the late 1800's,early 1900's to power the little motors there. Especially not where the old homstead was!!