Kay Mine Community Updates
Kay Mine History:
- Prior to 1900: Kay Mine was discovered and mined on a small scale from the inclined No. 1 shaft, produced 635 tons
- 1918 to 1929: Kay Copper Company – deepened the No. 1 Shaft to 457 m (1,500 ft), sunk the No. 4 shaft to 366 m (1,200 ft), installed the No. 3 Shaft, and developed several thousand feet of underground workings on 11 levels, discovering the ore bodies above the 600 Level but produced no ore.
- 1949 to 1956: Various Mid-Century Operators – in 1949 Black Canyon Copper Corporation, opened the underground workings to the 500 Level and shipped about 907 tonnes (1,000 short tons) of ore. A cave-in destroyed pumping operations, and the mine was allowed to flood
- 1972 to 1974: Exxon Minerals – the project was acquired by Exxon Minerals Company in 1972 and explored by drilling and sampling until 1984.
- 2018 to present: Arizona Metals Corp – in September 2018, Arizona Metals Corp and has been exploring the Kay Mine through a combination of surface drilling, soil sampling, and geophysical surveys.
February 2022 Work Program:
In addition to exploration drilling from surface, Arizona Metals is currently undertaking a ground-based Electromagnetic Survey, which consists of sending and measuring electric pulses from wires laid across the ground at surface. These wires pose no risk of fire and are continually monitored by Arizona Metals staff and contractors. The survey is expected to conclude by the end of February.
Additional background information on the Kay Mine exploration program:
Kay Mine Road Work and Drilling Safety Contact:
Black Canyon Community Hotline: