Ray, Arizona

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Ray, Arizona
Teapot Mesa, above Ray mine
Teapot Mesa, above Ray mine
Ray is located in Arizona
Location in the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 33°11′00″N 110°59′51″W / 33.18333°N 110.99750°W / 33.18333; -110.99750Coordinates: 33°11′00″N 110°59′51″W / 33.18333°N 110.99750°W / 33.18333; -110.99750
CountryUnited States
Elevation2,123 ft (647 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST (no DST))

Ray is a ghost town in Pinal County, Arizona, United States; it is mostly known for the large copper mine there. It was named after the nearby Ray mine, which was begun by the Ray Copper Company in 1882, after the sister of one of the miners, whose name was Bullinger.[1]

The town of Kearny was founded by the Kennecott Mining Company in 1958 as a planned community to accommodate the populations of Ray, Barcelona and Sonora, which were about to be enveloped by Kennecott's copper mine. Relocation to Kearny began in 1958.

The Copper Basin Railway ran through the town.

A newspaper, the Arizona Copper Camp, was published in Ray from 1910 to 1920.[2]

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Ray, Arizona in 1908. The old townsite was consumed by the Ray mine open pit.

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