Campo Bonito (or sometimes called Camp Bonito or Camp Bonita) near Oracle, Arizona is directly tied to one of the Wild West's biggest icons: William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
Cody came to Arizona in the early 1900s as the gold and mining rush in Arizona was in full swing. He found what he was looking for near the town of Oracle (a small mining town a few miles north of Tucson). He partnered with Colonel Daniel Burns Dyer and created the Cody-Dyer Arizona Mining and Milling Company (he also had a few other partnerships) and invested in Campo Bonito, one of the largest mining groups in the area. They were hoping to find gold, silver and tungsten.
At one point, Cody had over 100 claims, 45 mines and 2 mills in the Oracle area. He visited Tucson and stayed in Oracle many times over the years and the area is rich with Buffalo Bill history. A few streets in Oracle are named after him. He played Santa Claus in 1911 for 200 children of the miners in the area. He also owned the Mt. View Hotel in Oracle.
The Campo Bonito group turned out gold, silver, quartz and tungsten. Tungsten was used to build Thomas Edison's light bulbs and was in high demand in the early 1910s. This rare mineral was also mined in Colorado, but Buffalo Bill was dealing directly with Edison for his light bulbs.
The remains of the old Campo Bonito mess hall (the picture with the fireplace) are located at coordinates N 32 33.767 W 110 44.306. Another slab and a cattle tank are also nearby. The mines in which Cody invested are strewn over the Campo Bonito area.
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