"The Only Inside Look"
into This "One-of-a-Kind Mine!"

** Historical Book **
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Author examining hy-grade uranium vein at adit level.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​The author, Maurice Castagne, worked eleven years as mine superintendent and manager of the Orphan Mine, located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, Arizona. This personal historical book tells the untold story of this unique “One of a Kind” Mine.​
Inspired to write the Grand Canyon Orphan Mine book before its history is lost forever in the annals of time, this book of original data and photos, relates to the history, geology, underground mining operations, events and stories of the Grand Canyon Orphan Mine. It is a historical and colorful book of the only mine to operate within the Grand Canyon National Park.
This book is one of a kind for collectors and will appeal to all ages as a gift, souvenir, and a classic addition to personal and public libraries.

Storyteller and all around good guy.
Coolest grandfather in the world.
      --Justin, Grandson

Maurice visited and/or worked in many mining districts throughout Alaska, Canada and the Western United States. Claiming, "He was there and back!" The author's comment insists, "It wasn't easy, either way."

Later with his family they lived, at times, the hard, lonely isolated and primitive life style of an era that has passed away, hopefully, never to return. Most, so called, "good ole' days" were romanticized in story books, which did not always address the harsh reality of living and surviving in the early "outback" mining camps.

The author began his life-long mining career in the hardrock gold mines and is no stranger to the underground miners' labor skills. Early years of mining experience as an underground Shaft-miner, Tunnel-Stiff, Raise-miner, and Mining Contractor, contributed to positions of Mine Superintendent, Manager of Mine Operations and Professional Mining Engineer. 
Grand Canyon Orphan Mine, written and compiled by an
mining engineer and former mine superintendent during
the 1950s and ‘60s, Maurice Castagne, P.E.

GCOM Book Chapters

  1. Grand Canyon Orphan Mine Geology
  2. Orphan Mine Superintendent
  3. Grand Canyon National Park Service
  4. The Orphan Mine Aerial Tramway
  5. Orphan Mine Steel Headframe and Shaft
  6. Orphan Mine Surface Ore Bin Collapse
  7. Mining Practices at the Orphan Mine
  8. 350 Foot Level Annular Ring - The Big "Bonanza Ore"

  9. Orphan Mine Ore Production
10. Transportation of Orphan Mine Ore to Mills
11. Orphan Mine Staff and Personnel
12. Grand Canyon Park Visitors
13. Grand Canyon Support Groups and Friends
14. Grand Canyon Rotary Club
15. Proposed Spectacular -18 Story 600 Room Hotel
16. Hard Rock Miner's Sayings

1. Strange Happenings In the Orphan Mine
    Glory Hole Stope
2. Orphan Mine Headframe and Canyon Winds
3. The Orphan Mine Burro
4. Orphan Mine Headframe Xmas Lights
5. My Last Shift at the Orphan Mine

    A. Underground Mine Workings Described
    B. Mining Terminology
    C. Other Mining Terms

The untold story of a One-of-A-Kind Mine ​
told by a
One-of-A-Kind Mine Superintendent!​​

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Softcover, 190 pages, 7" x 9", Historical, Bibliography, Mining Terminology Glossary, many photos. Language: English, ISBN: 0-9764260-0-5, 9x7”, 1 lb. 3.8 oz.
Publisher: Grand Canyon Orphan ©2004 Castagne & Pearson Production

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