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Arizona State Symbols - State Metal Copper

Arizona's nickname is "The Copper State."  In fact, since 1910, Arizona has been the leading copper producer in the U.S.A.  Although early European settlers knew copper was available, it was difficult to mine and get to market, so they focused on the more lucrative silver and gold ore found in Arizona.  That changed in 1876 when the railroad came through Arizona, making the mining of copper profitable.

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