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THE MIRROR

 

By Bonnie Helten - APCRP Booster & Certified Coordinator

 

Research has revealed little regarding the Brooklyn Basin Mine a.k.a. Brooklyn Mine Camp. The mine started in 1907, operating sporadically until 1970.

 

Historic mirror – In Clairann Cordes Allen’s home.

 

The mirror was transplanted to the Brooklyn Mine Camp in the Bloody Basin area before 1914. It was brought by rail to Mayer then hauled by horses approximately 30 miles over a winding mountainous road. The mirror’s advent to Arizona came about because a man named Small acquired the mining claim and went to New York to sell fraudulent stock in the mine. While back east, Small was on a pleasure boat and met the captain’s wife, Phoebe. In time Phoebe came west with Small. The furnishings from the boat, including the mirror, were brought to the camp that became “quite a place." No one knows what became of the captain.

 

Remains of house where the mirror lived at the Brooklyn Mine

Photo courtesy: Bonnie Helten 4/2/2008

 

In about 1949, Fred Cordes purchased a rundown house and its contents including the mirror at the Brooklyn Mine for $100. The house was knocked down and the lumber hauled to Bumble Bee.

 

Brooklyn Mine Boarding house or Brooklyn Mine hotel

Photo courtesy: Bonnie Helten 04/02/08

 

The mirror hung in the Cordes ranch house in Bumble Bee and when the family moved to Glendale it went too. The mirror now lives with Fred’s daughter, Clairann, in Prescott. Clairann remembers going with her dad to get the mirror at the Brooklyn Mine. A mattress was put down in the bed of his truck and the mirror was laid on it and another mattress was placed on top of it. Clairann, her brother and her sister sat on top of the mattress to hold it down.

 

Brooklyn Mine Powder House

Photo courtesy: Bonnie Helten 04/06/08

 

Brooklyn Mine Well

Photo courtesy: Bonnie Helten 04/02/08

 

REFLECTIONS

If mirrors could share history they have observed over the years,

it is possible they would reflect family memories similar to the above.

Photo artwork: Bonnie Helten 040608

 

Arizona Pioneer & Cemetery Research Project

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