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Grandview Mine
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District
Grandview Mine is located in Arizona
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Coordinates: 36°1′5″N 111°58′32″W / 36.01806°N 111.97556°W / 36.01806; -111.97556Coordinates: 36°1′5″N 111°58′32″W / 36.01806°N 111.97556°W / 36.01806; -111.97556
Built/Founded: 1892
Governing body: National Park Service
Added to NRHP: July 09, 1974[1]
NRHP Reference#: 74000347

The Grandview Mine, also known as the Last Chance Mine, was operated by Pete Berry from 1892 until 1901 in what would later become Grand Canyon National Park. Grandview Mine Historic District includes what remains of the mine shafts and machinery as well as the ruins of a stone house and sleeping shanty. Physical evidence, including low stone walls and construction debris, suggests that several wood structures were also originally present on the site.

Pete Berry established Last Chance Mine on Horseshoe Mesa in 1892. He constructed the four-mile Grandview Trail down to the copper mine, and in 1893 began hauling ore out by mule. Although the ore was over 70% pure copper and won a prize at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the mine did not prove profitable, and in 1901 Berry and his partners sold it to the Canyon Copper Company, who operated it until 1907.[2] The mine was then acquired by William Randolph Hearst, who sold it to the National Park Service in 1940.[3]

In 2009, the mines were gated to protect bat roosts, support on-going bat research, preserve historic mine resources, and promote visitor safety. The gating project was done by Mine Gates, Inc., with support from Grand Canyon National Park, Bat Conservational International, Freeport McMoRan. Details of the mine site, as well as manufacturing and installation of each bat gate are documented on the MineGates site.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.  
  2. ^ "Grandview Mine". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2008-11-25.  
  3. ^ F. Ross Holland, Jr. (August 31, 1972). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Last Chance MinePDF (422 KB). National Park Service.  


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