"Because the Bonita Mine was a Very Excellent Mine"
-From Jones Vs. People, 118 Colo. 271, 272 (Colo. 1948)
I recently had the opportunity to visit an abandoned fluorspar (or fluorite) mine in New Mexico. The Bonita Mine is located in the Zuni Mountains, about 1.5 hours west of Albuquerque. This area has been home to both extensive logging activity, as well as mining of both copper deposits and the aforementioned fluorspar.
John Baeten is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Spatial Analysis of Environmental Change in the Department of Geography at Indiana University. He holds a PhD in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology from Michigan Technological University. His research aims to connect historical process to current environmental challenges, and to contextualize the environmental legacies of industrialization as meaningful cultural heritage.