mining brought the town of Santa Rita to life in 1803. It was
relatively peaceful until 1837, when the Apaches were massacred. The
following battles killed nearly all of the 500 inhabitants. A
peace treaty was signed and the mine reopened in 1873. The
mine was converted to an open pit in 1901. The town had to move
several times as the pit grew. The town was abandoned in 1967.