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Rare Mining Book: Mowry, Sylvester; Arizona and Sonora; the Geography, History and Resources of the Silver Region of North America. 1864

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Rare Mining Book: Mowry, Sylvester; Arizona and Sonora; the Geography, History and Resources of the Silver Region of North America. 1864

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Mowry, Sylvester; Arizona and Sonora; the Geography, History and Resources of the Silver Region of North America. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers 1864. Octavo, pp. xiv, 251, frontispiece.

In original embossed cloth binding, minor shelf wear owner’s bookplate on paste down. Text is very clean. In very nice condition.

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Sylvester Mowry (1830 - 1871) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, attended West Point and graduated in 1852 as a lieutenant. After West Point, Mowry explored with the army for the Pacific Railroad until 1854. In 1857 he was stationed at Benicia, California and Fort Yuma. During his time as an officer in Arizona Territory Mowry became interested in mining and prospecting and in 1860 he purchased the Patagonia silver mine just southeast of the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona. After renaming it the Mowry Silver Mine, Mowry built a mill and smelter for extracting precious minerals. A small settlement formed around the mining works which today is the ghost town of Mowry, Arizona. ?Mining occupied Mowry's time until 1862, when the Civil War came to what was now Confederate Arizona Territory. Though a northerner, Mowry was a firm supporter of the new territory, as were many other Republicans in Arizona. The Union sent the California Column, across Confederate Arizona in 1862. After the Union capture of Tucson on May 20, 1862, Mowry was arrested at his mine and charged with treason for selling lead to Arizona's Confederate militias, He was released when no documentation could be found that he had ever sold lead to rebels. He never made a defense of not selling lead to the Confederacy. Mowry felt an obligation to sell lead to his fellow frontiersmen, regardless of political stance to defend against Apache Indian raids. Upon his release from Fort Yuma, Mowry was denied his land for several years and by the time of his return, the mine was so deteriorated any attempt to restart operations would be very expensive.
The Mowry Mine and its immediate surroundings was the scene of several Apache attacks before the town was mostly destroyed in 1863. Mowry decided his life in the United States was finished and went to England to raise funds in order to return to Arizona. However, he died in London just before his birthday on October 15, 1871. Mowry's legacy is the mine and town he left behind; it was later resettled and continued to be populated until after the turn of the 20th century. ?Mowry's work “ Arizona and Sonora” is considered an important piece of literature on the mining industry of Arizona, and parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Mexico. He provides a description to the region’s geography, geology, early mining, and industry in the first chapters. The remaining chapters provide descriptions of the mines in each region. The third, expanded edition, is considered the most informative printing containing.

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