These are some of the records of the Shea Copper Company from 1916-1937. Included are administrative papers, stock certificates,
and correspondence regarding transfer requests.
Daniel J. Shea (b. circa 1865, d. 1935) was a prominent local businessman in Jerome, Arizona, a mining town known as “The
Billion Dollar Mining Camp.” In December 1914, the United Verde Extension hit an extraordinarily rich copper deposit. This
copper strike led to a mining boom in Jerome, during which it received its nickname. As many as 75 new mining companies formed
and filed claims on the land surrounding Jerome, including the Shea Copper Company, incorporated by Dan Shea. Trading in shares
occurred, but it is not known if the Company ever produced any copper and it may have failed to find commercial mineral reserves.
According to a Western Union telegram dated June 14, 1929 from the company's vice president, John P. Connolly, the Shea Copper
Company ceased operation in June 1924 and the mine was “abandoned for the present.” Shares in the company were sold at least
through the 1930s.
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