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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, &
Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
Near Tucson.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.

December 15, 2015

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ASARCO LLC is a mining, smelting, and refining company based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, that mines and processes primarily copper. The company is a subsidiary of Grupo México.

Its three largest open-pit mines are the Mission, Silver Bell and the Ray mines in Arizona. Its mines produce 350 to 400 million pounds of copper a year. A small amount of silver, & gold is also produced as a by product.

Asarco conducts solvent extraction and electrowinning at the Ray and Silver Bell mines in Pima County, Arizona and Pinal County, Arizona and a smelter in Hayden, Arizona.

Before its smelting plant in El Paso, Texas was suspended in 1999 it was producing about 1 billion pounds of anodes each year. Both, refining at the mines as well as at a copper refinery in Amarillo, Texas produce 375 million pounds of refined copper each year.

The mine that you can visit at this site is the Mission Complex, an open-pit mine composed of the Mission, Eisenhower, Pima, Mineral Hill, the South San Xavier properties, and the nearby North San Xavier mine.

The Mission Complex Open Pit Mine is currently is 2.5 miles long by 1.5 mile wide and 1,200 feet deep. It is situated on 20,000 acres. The pits benches are 40 feet high.

Discovery Center Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

Exhibit Center and Gift Shop: 9:00A.M. to 5:00P.M.

Mine Tours: 9:30A.M., 11:00 A.M., 12:30 P.M., 2:00 P.M., 3:30 P.M.

(The tour schedule is subject to change.You should call for reservations.)

Sunday and Monday – Closed

Major Holidays – Closed

Phone: (520) 625-7513 or (520) 625-8233


How To Get There:

The Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, & Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine is located approximately 15 miles south of Tucson, Arizona, at 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, Arizona.

From Tucson, take Interstate 19 south to Exit 80, Pima Mine Road. Go west (turn right from the exit ramp) and get into the center-left-turn lane. Our main entrance gate is only a few hundred feet from the freeway on the south side of Pima Mine Road (on your left).


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Main Building Of The
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Headframe Of An Underground Mine.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Mission Complex.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Mission Complex.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
220 Ton Load.
Westech Large Haul Truck.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
P & H Mining Shovel.
About 100 Tons Per Scoop.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Atlas Copco.
Surface Drill Rig.
Drilling To Place Explosives.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Conveyor Belt.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Flotation Pond.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
SAG Mill.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
South Mill.
South Mill.Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Inside South Mill.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Inside South Mill.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Our Tour Guide.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.
Copper Ore Particle Size.
Large Is SAG Mill Grinder.
Small Is Ball Mill Grinder.
Fine Is Flotation Mill Size.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
& Mission Complex, Open Pit Copper Mine.
At Sahuarita, Arizona.

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