A pleasant Arizona afternoon, perfect for photographing the beautiful Sacha, aka/ 'TOPAZ', in the high desert gold mining area of Greaterville Township, on the East side of the Santa Rita mountains.

The Greaterville placers were discovered in 1874. They proved to be the largest placers in Southern Arizona.
The history of this area has all the elements of a classic western mining town. From the early years when Apaches were still around in Southern Arizona, people have been lying, stealing, cheating, fighting and killing to get a piece of this rich placer ground.

The best 'placer' gold* mining land in Southern Arizona is now part of the Coronado National Forest, acquired by a lengthy and somewhat controversial land swap in the 1980's. The town of Greaterville itself is in private hands, but almost all of the land in the area is in the public . It is listed as a 'Ghost Town' in the tourist guides, and it must be, as we never found any signs of a town! Topaz came across a mining claim and a grave marker, as seen in the video.

For today, the only 'gold' was the continually expanding pulchritude of this young lady, who added color, beauty and life to this now deserted area. More to come when we came across the Rosemont Ranch, and its very friendly equine population. Watch for 'Topaz at Rosemont Ranch'. coming up next.

*Placer mining is the mining of alluvial deposits for minerals.

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