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The Arizona Stone Industry

State & Company # of Quarries Kind of Stone County Headquarters Location
Western State Stone Co., Inc. 13 sandstone Yavapai Santa Clara, CA

Printed Source(s)

NOTE: Click “List of Available Publications” for the publications that are available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources publications list.

  • A Ground Stone Implement Quarry on The Lower Colorado River, Northwestern Arizona, by Bruce B. Huckell, publisher: Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 1986.
  • Active Mines in Arizona - 2001-2002, MA-49, by K. Phillips, N. Niemuth, and D. Bain, 2002. Scale 1:1,000,000. Shows the locations of the active mines (except sand and gravel operations), plants and mine offices. (Map is also available with the Directory of Active Mines.)
  • Arizona Gem and Mineral Show 2003-2004, C101. (Includes date, location, sponsoring group, contact person.)
  • Arizona Genealogical and Historical Research Guide: Early Sources for Southern Arizona Including the Areas of Cochise, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz Counties,  by Barbara Salyer and Jean Banowit, Arizona State Genealogical Society, 2006.
  • Arizona Industrial Minerals, MR4, by K.A. Phillips, 1987. Covers 1400 known Arizona industrial mineral occurrences. The commodities included are mica, silica-quartz, specialty sand, pumice, limestone, salt, dolomite, clay, zeolites, fluorspar, feldspar, wollastonite, strontium, and others. Includes location tables and maps. 185 pp. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Arizona Industrial Minerals and Their Processing Methods, C65, by K. A. Phillips, 1996. (Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources)
  • Arizona, Its People and Resources, ed. by Jack L. Cross, E. H. Shaw, and Kathleen Scheifele, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona: 1960, 385 pp.
  • Arizona Mineral Potential Map, M84-1, by K. A. Phillips and others, 1984. Scale 1:1,000,000. Map showing areas favorable for future discovery and development of mineral deposits for land use planning considerations. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Arizona Mining District Map, by E. Wilson, R. O'Haire, and F. McCoy, 1961. Scale 1:1,000,000. Originally compiled by Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Arizona Mining Scams and Unassayable Ore Projects of The Late 20th Century, OFR02-20, W. Scott Donaldson, 2002, 28 pp.
  • Arizona Mining Update - 1997, A review of mining activity in Arizona. C77. Includes gold, copper, gemstone, industrial mineral, and coal activity.
  • Arizona Mining Update – 2000 and 2001. (PDF format) A review of mining activity in Arizona during 2000 and 2001. C100 Describes copper, gemstone, industrial mineral, and coal mines as well as mineral exploration and government news. Includes a map of principal producers by commodity. Scale 1:3,000,000.
  • “Arizona Onyx,” “The Mexican Onyx Quarries,” & “Mexican Marble,” in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine, October 1892.
  • Arizona Rockhound Information, C92, by D. Bain. Includes information on mine tours, mineral collecting areas, gold panning, and a short bibliography.
  • AzMILS on Disk - The complete AzMILS database is available as dBase files on a 3.5" PC-compatible disc. The databases can be sorted on any field or combination of fields, including commodities. Bibliographies include reference information on individual mines. Latitude and longitude is included for each occurrence for GPS use. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Bibliography of the Geology of Mineral Resources of Arizona, 1848-1964, Bulletin 173, by Richard T. Moore, and Eldred D. Wilson, The Arizona Bureau of Mines,Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1965.
  • Building Stones, by Frank Lewis Culin, Jr., publisher: Tucson, Arizona, University of Arizona, Bureau of Mines, 1916. (Series: Arizona. State Bureau of Mines. Bulletin No. 40. Economic series No. 10.)
  • County Agencies Concerned with Mining & Mineral Resources In Arizona, 2000. C88. Includes a listing of all County Recorders' addresses.
  • The Crushed Stone Industry Grows Up: A History of Mineral Material Trespass on Public Lands in Central Arizona, OFR02-18 by W. Scott Donaldson, 2002, 21 pp. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Directory of Active Mines in Arizona 2000, D48 (directory) The listings are alphabetical, giving company name, address, key personnel, mine name, and location. A separate listing of sand and gravel operations is provided. Includes 1:1,000,000 map showing the locations of the active mines and mine offices. 31 pp. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Directory of Active Mines in Arizona 2001-2, D49, by K. Phillips, N. Niemuth, and D. Bain, 2002. The listings are alphabetical, giving company name, address, key personnel, mine name, and location. A separate listing of sand and gravel operations is provided. Includes 1:1,000,000 scale map showing the locations of the active mines, and mine offices. 31 pp. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Earth Science Clubs 2001 – 2002, C98, Includes rockhound, lapidary, and prospecting organizations.
  • Earth Science Clubs 2003 – 2004, C102, Includes rockhound, lapidary, and prospecting organizations.
  • Earth Science Clubs 2005 – 2006, C102, Includes rockhound, lapidary, and prospecting organizations.
  • Economic Geology of The Sierra Estrella, Maricopa and Pinal Counties, Arizona, OFR93-12, by E. B. Melchiorre, 1993. Includes site descriptions of metallic and nonmetallic resources. 29 pp. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Eighty-Ninth Annual Report For the Year 2000, Office of the Arizona State Mine Inspector. (This publication includes a list of operating mines in Arizona.
  • Federal Agencies Concerned with Mining in Arizona, 2001. C89. Contains addresses, phone numbers, websites for the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and many other Federal agencies.
  • From The Ground Up, SR19, by Gov. Jack Williams, 2nd ed. 1994. Colorful stories of Arizona's early mineral discoveries and the men who made them. Includes tales of the Vulture, United Verde, Harquahala, Bisbee and others. 36 pp. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Geologic Map of Maricopa County, Arizona, by E. Wilson, R. Moore, and H. W. Peirce, 1957. Scale 1:375,000. Originally published by Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology. Blackline print. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Geologic Map of Pima and Santa Cruz Counties, Arizona, by E. Wilson, R. Moore, and R. O'Haire, 1960. Scale 1:375,000. Originally published by Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology. Blackline print. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Guidebook I - Highways of Arizona: U.S. Highway 666, by E. D. Wilson, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bulletin 174, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona: 1965, 69 pp.
  • Industrial Minerals in Arizona's Cultured Marble Industry, OFR91-6, by K.A. Phillips, 1991. The State's cultured marble industry is described emphasizing the specifications and quantities of industrial minerals consumed. 11 p.
  • Laws and Regulations Governing Mineral Rights in Arizona, SR12, by V.H. Verity and L.D. Clark. 9th Edition, 1988, updated 1998.. A lay language interpretation of federal and state laws applicable to mineral rights within Arizona. Includes discussions and forms for locating (staking) and maintaining claims on both public domain and State-owned lands. 91 pp. (Claim forms only are contained in Circular 90, a PDF file.)
  • List of United States Geological Survey Publications Relating to Arizona, prepared by Olaf P. Jenkins, P. Wilson, and Eldred D. (prepared by) University of Arizona. State Bureau of Mines Bulletin, No.104, Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona, Bureau of Mines, 1920.
  • A Location Guide for Rockhounds, (PDF) Collected by Robert C. Beste, PG, St. Louis, Missouri: Hobbitt Press, 2nd ed., December 1996, 148 pp. (Includes chapters on “Mineral Locations by State,” “Appendix and Glossary,” and “Bibliography.”)
  • "Marble Prospects in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona," by Sidney Paige, in Bulletin 380, United States Geological Survey, Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., 1909, pp. 299-311.
  • Marble Quarrying in Arizona,” (in PDF format) in Mine and Quarry Magazine, Sullivan Machinery Co., Chicago, Vol. V., No. 2, October 1910, pp. 440-442.
  • Mining Laws and Regulations, Changes and Revisions 2003, C104. Review of recent changes to mineral acquisition and surface management regulations. This information supersedes some information in SP12 Laws and Regulations Governing Mineral Rights in Arizona, 9th edition. Includes links to BLM and Forest Service information and forms.
  • Mining Scams, by M.N. Greeley, 1995, C59. Discusses common features of mining scams and ways to avoid being a victim of one.
  • Natural Resources of Arizona, by U.S. Department of the Interior, Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, C.D., 1963, 52 pp.
  • Principal Deposits of Strategic and Critical Minerals in Arizona, ON-1, 1992. Published by the U.S. Bureau of Mines. A compressive review of Arizona's mineral commodities and infrastructure. 334 pp. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Publications of The Department of Mines and Mineral Resources from 1939 to 1990, OFR90-5, by D. Bain, 1990. 15 pp. (Available on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources List of Available Publications.)
  • Roadside Geology of Arizona, by Halka Chronic, Mountain Press Publishing Company, Incorporated, May 1983. Paperback, 321 pp., ISBN: 0878421475.
  • Rock to Riches: The Story of American Mining, Past, Present, and Future, as Reflected in the Colorful History of Mining in Arizona, the Nation’s Greatest bonanza, by Charles H. Dunning and E. H. Peplow, Jr., Southwest Publishing Co., Phoenix, Arizona, 1959, 406 pp.
  • Services and Help From The Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, C10, by K. A. Phillips, 1985.
  • State Agencies Concerned With Mining & Mineral Resources in Arizona, 2000. C86. Contains names, addresses, and pertinent people at state agencies concerned with mines and mineral resources.
  • State Agencies Concerned With Mining & Mineral Resources in Arizona, adapted from Circular 109, January 2006 version 1.2. State of Arizona, Department of Mines and Mineral Resources,
  • Stone In Arizona, by Roland C. Townsend, Consulting Geologist, Phoenix, Arizona, 1962. Originally prepared by the Arizona Development Board. 50 pp. (A reprint is offered from the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources: List of Available Publications.) (Stone in Arizona is available in PDF format on the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources web site.)

    Following is a partial list of the Contents of Stone In Arizona: (III) General: History, Present uses, Industry economic status, Exploration, and Production and values; (IV) Resources: (A) Sandstone: Geology and area extent, Coconino sandstone, Structure, Composition and physical character, Production, Shipping, Costs, Specifications, products, trends in use, Problems, Moenkopi formation, DeChelly sandstone; (B) Marble: Geology and areal extent, Composition and physical character, Production, products, shipping, and costs, Specifications and trends, Problems; (C) Tuff: Terminology and general geology, Character of representative deposits, Production, and Problems; (D) Granite; (E) Slate; (F) Limestone; (G) Schist; (H) Miscellaneous stone: Rhyolite and porphyry, Basalt and scoria, Travertine, tufa, and onyx marble, Quartzite and quartz, Jasper, Copper stained rock, Magnesite, Serpentine; (V) Available Stone - Land Status and Acquisition of Mining Rights; (VI) Transportation & Freight Rates: Railroads and Trucking; (VII) Labor Market; (VIII) Depletion Allowance, Taxes, and Insurance; (IX) Potential; (X) Glossary; (XI) Annotated Bibliography; (XII) Agencies Concerned with Stone Industry; Map - Showing quarry sites and major transportation routes.)

  • Stone Landmarks - Flagstaff's Geology and Historic Building Stones, by Marie Jackson, 1999, Peidra Azul Press, P. O. Box 371, Flagstaff, AZ 86002. Library of Congress 99-75764, 128 pp. (Includes a historic walking tour.)
  • The Technology of Marble Quarrying, U. S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin 106, by Oliver Bowles, Washington: Government Printing Office, 1916.

Stone Carvers, Stone Cutters, etc., in Arizona

(None available at this time.)

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