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The role of Cornish Miners in the development of early Globe and Miami is well-known. However, many of their stories went untold. We have unearthed the tale of two brothers that has a haunting significance to events today.
Globe is a city steeped in Wild West history. Nestling close to the majestic peaks of the Pinal Mountains, and a scenic 90 minutes drive from Phoenix, the city can trace its origins back to the 12th century when the area was first settled by the Salado tribe of Native Americans. In those times it was known as Besh-Ba-Gowah, which translates to “the place of metal”.
Having spent much of her life in Globe and Miami, caring for the sick and elderly as an RN, Robin had a powerful affinity for the people and the area that lent itself well when later in life she became involved in writing a book that would feature those very places.
With the boom in copper mining around the start of the last century, the Globe and Miami area saw a large influx of miners from foreign shores, and in particular from the old copper and tin mining communities of Cornwall in England.
Members of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and workers from five other international unions voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract covering about 420 workers at the Pinto Valley Mine.
The mine, owned by Capstone Copper, employs about 170 members of USW Local 915, as well as members of the Teamsters, Operating Engineers, IBEW, Boilermakers and the UA. The six unions, led by the USW, negotiate their labor agreements jointly with the company.
Jack Elam is without doubt Miami’s best known son. For over five decades, he stalked our movie and TV screens as a Western stalwart and unforgettable bad guy. Jack appeared in over 200 movies and TV shows, with his last appearance being in the popular TV saga Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994).
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It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Gina Marie Binkley Swartz passed away. She died peacefully on March 14, 2022. Gina is survived by her 2 children, Sarah and Autumn Swartz, her dad-George Binkley (Caroline), and mom-Debbie Baker (Don); as well as many other extended family members.
B.W. was born October 19,1936 in Globe, Gila County, Arizona and died at age 86 on February 15, 2023 in a one vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 60 near Magdalena, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Billie (Hunsaker) Cox and two sons: Len and Roland Cox.