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The Black Diamond Mine was discovered in 1880.  Eventually there was a settlement of about 100 people and a post office was established on February 12, 1902, and a stage station was founded.  Named for a mine carrying a black mineral which the miners called "Black Diamond", it was a silver and copper mine.  The post office closed in 1908. 

There are still ruins at this ghost town. Foundations, Walls, Tramway Tower, Mine and Tailings.

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Below are excerpts from the Tombstone Prospector about the "goings on" at Black Diamond.

May 5, 1902 - There is a great deal of activity going on in the new mining town of Black Diamond.  The smelter is being built, and at this writing has made considerable headway, with ore enough on the dump, when finished, to keep it busy for three months.  The hotel is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for business on or about June 3rd.  This hostelry will be replete with the most modern conveniences for guest.  It will contain twenty sleeping rooms, with office, dining room, store room, bathroom and a large and airy kitchen.   It will be furnished throughout with the best the market affords and when finished Mrs. J.H. Bose will take charge.  The company store is very nicely fitted throughout with office in the store, storage rooms, wine room, etc.  Mr. G.D. Marsh is manager and J.G. Hearne, treasury manager.  The store is not yet fully stocked and consignments of dry good; groceries and hardware are expected every day.  The site selected for the townsite and smelter is well situated and very extensive.  There is a telephone wire to the mines, a post office and two houses.

GTT-Middlemarch1.jpg (30663 bytes)May 1902 - J. G. Hearne, vice president of the Black Diamond Mining Company and president of the Black Diamond Improvement Company accompanied by his nephew, Mr. W.L. Hearne, of Pittsburg, PA., and Capt. Thomas Pidwell, of Pearce, were Tombstone visitors today.  The party were visitors on a brief business trip, returning to the mines this afternoon.  Mr. J.G. Hearne, speaking of developments at the Black Diamond, says the big 200 ton smelter of the company is expected will be ready for operation by June 1st.  About all of the machinery for the smelter, power, tramway, etc., is on the ground and being erected in place as fast as possible.   At the mines the already large ore reserves has been augmented by recent discovery of another strike, which development is proving an important ore deposit, the extent of some showing it to be of considerable dimensions.  Nearly 100 men are on the payroll and progress in all departments proving satisfactory to the management, the officials being highly pleased at the prospect of the Black Diamond becoming an early and steady bullion producer.  The Improvement company at the camp have built quite a number of residences and offices.  The Black Diamond hotel of sixteen rooms and offices is about completed, and it is expected will be open to the public in about two weeks.


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