Arizona Commerce Authority

The documents listed below were authored by the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Superior is on U.S. 60 at the junction of state Highway 177. The town, in a mountainous setting, is surrounded by peaks such as 6,056-foot Iron Mountain. In 1900, George Lobb laid out the town, naming it Hastings. Mines dotted the hills around the prosperous Pinal County community. Stockholders in one of the successful silver mines lived in Michigan and named their mine Lake Superior. This mine fed the area economy and the community changed its name to Superior after this mine.

Pinal County was formed from portions of Maricopa and Pima counties on Feb. 1, 1875, in response to the petition of residents of the upper Gila River Valley, as "Act #1" of the Eighth Territorial Legislature. Florence, established in 1866, was designated and has remained the county seat.

The Globe/Miami area has been an important mining center for more than a century. Silver started the population boom. Copper proved more abundant and led to the growth of the community as infrastructure and commerce were added to support the mining activities. Located in the foothills just north of the Pinal Mountains, Globe is the seat of government for Gila County.

Gila County was created in 1881 from portions of Maricopa and Pinal counties, and later included part of Yavapai County. The county covers 4,796 square miles and is a source of great mineral wealth. The Globe Mining District, originally located on the San Carlos Indian Reservation, was reallocated to Gila County.

Video & Materials

A video presentation – the same information introduced at each public meeting – as well as meeting materials (posters and newsletter) are available for public review.

Video - Draft EIS

Public Meeting Materials

Draft EIS Released

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange is now available for review under the 'EIS Info' tab.

Draft EIS

Comment on DEIS

Optional ways to comment on the Draft EIS are located under the 'EIS Info' and the 'Public Involvement' tabs.


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Tonto National Forest

Apache Leap Special Management Area
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