“The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County, New Mexico” The Western Museum of Mining & Industry’s new special exhibit, utilizes photography with geological samples and information to document all the districts of the historical mining landscape of Grant County, New Mexico. This landscape is disappearing one artifact and one building at a time. There is no entity charged with preservation its preservation, and many historical mining structures have been destroyed for a variety of reasons. What has been preserved, has been done almost entirely through individual efforts. Why is the history of mining worth preserving in Grant County? Mining is the reason for the existence of Silver City; furthermore mining has always been part of Grant County! Not generally known are the extent to which mining was, and is, conducted in Grant County and the tremendous and unusual geological formations in the County, many of them associated with the minerals being mined. Also not widely publicized is the unique geology of Silver City, which represents many eras of geological time. Mining is the main thread in the fabric of history of the county, and in fact all of New Mexico. With these facts in mind, research and photography began in 2012. Terrence “Terry” Humble, co-author of Santa Rita del Cobre, advised. Terry and his father, Pat, were personally responsible for saving huge amounts of mining history. To address the geology aspects of the mining story in Grant County, David Menzie, a lead geologist with the State of New Mexico, was the initial contact. Following that, geologist Andrew Lindlof helped ensure that as many of the 19 Grant county mining districts as possible were represented. Lindlof and McMahon crisscrossed most of county on foot or by truck. Lindlof gathered rock and mineral samples from each of the locations visited. It was his dream to exhibit these materials and rocks with the photographs, enabling people to see and touch! Years of photography and geology training and experience are behind the creation of this body of work. It is meant to preserve history for others to contemplate, to understand, to enjoy and to be inspired by!