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What is the Ore Cart Trail?

The Ore Cart Trail was initiated several years ago by a group calling themselves the Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition. Newly formed back in late 2003, the CCEDC conceived of the idea to create a trail which would” increase tourism along this corridor of small mining towns” from Tucson to Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Initially it included the towns of Oracle, San Manuel, Mammoth, Aravaipa, Dudleyville, Winkleman, Hayden, Kearny, Superior and Boyce Arboretum. The Trail was later broadened to include Globe and Miami.

The Trail will be marked along the way at each site with a turn-out or park containing the Ore Cart and a Kiosk highlighting points of interest within that community. According to a July 2007 article in the Arizona Daily Star, The Copper Corridor group has received $240,000 in federal transportation money through U.S.Rep. Ric Renzi’s office to fund the art project and the coalition has to pitch in $60,000.

The first Cart and Kiosk have been installed at Mammoth and shows a life-size sculpture entitled, “The Skeleton Crew.” The  work was completed by former mine worker and Oracle sculptor Jerry Parra whose design concept won out over 18 other artists.

All 19 artists were required to creative miniature versions of their designs for public display. The idea is to have each community vote on the ore cart design they would like to have in their community. The miniature sculptures will be on display at the Gila Historic Museum thru June.

See:  Gila Historic Museum   # 928-425-7385   1330 North Broad Street  Globe. Open Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm   Saturdays 11am – 3pm.

About Linda Gross

Writer, photographer. Passionate foodie, lover of good books and storytelling. Lives in Globe. Plays in the historic district. Travels when possible.

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