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Trucks at the in-pit crusher. From the crusher the ore is conveyed to the Ray mill or transferred by rail cars to the Hayden mill.

Trucks at the in-pit crusher. From the crusher the ore is conveyed to the Ray mill or transferred by rail cars to the Hayden mill.

The Ray mine, located in Pinal County and operated by Asarco, is a 250,000 ton per day open-pit. Ray, the second largest copper mine in Arizona, produced 232 million pounds of copper in 2010.

The Ray mine, located in Pinal County and operated by Asarco, is a 250,000 ton per day open-pit. Ray, the second largest copper mine in Arizona, produced 232 million pounds of copper in 2010.

The town of Ray, circa 1918. The train of 70-ton ore cars carried ore to the Hayden Mill.  The town of Ray no longer exists as the mine consumed the hill in the background.

The town of Ray, circa 1918. The train of 70-ton ore cars carried ore to the Hayden Mill.  The town of Ray no longer exists as the mine consumed the hill in the background.
 

Ray has a fleet of 21 of these 400-ton Liebherr trucks. The haul trucks, 30 feet wide, 50 feet long, and powered by 3,500 horsepower diesel engines, are the largest in Arizona.

Ray has a fleet of 21 of these 400-ton Liebherr trucks. The haul trucks, 30 feet wide, 50 feet long, and powered by 3,500 horsepower diesel engines, are the largest in Arizona.