The Silver Bell Historical Society offers unique resources to researchers, scholars, and the public. History records four communities: Pelton (1881 - 1900), the Atlas Camp -- also named BS&K (1880 - 1964), the first Silver Bell (1902 - 1935), and the second Silver Bell (1952 - 1984). All of these towns of the Silver Bell Mountains have been deserted, although many who lived here share fond memories of a unique and fraternal place -- in the middle of nowhere in Pima County, Arizona. Located near Marana and Tucson. The photo above is the plaque which adorns our Monument, located at the entrance to the Silver Bell Mine at the very end of Avra Valley Road.
A society can be defined as
the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community, and as an organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity. You are invited to share in the development of the Silver Bell Historical Society. The photo above shows the Monument to the Silver Bell communities, dedicated on March 10, 2019.
We invite you to use the "Contact Us" form below to share your story of Silver Bell. Some of you lived in Silver Bell and have first-hand knowledge. Others of you have parents or grandparents who have shared their stories with you. We want to include those stories within this website. You may also help with generous contributions to defray the costs involved with operating the Silver Bell Historical Society, an Arizona non-profit corporation.
The Silver Bell Historical Society awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Ellie Jackson in June 2020. The Board of Directors thank the Silver Bell community for supporting our vision of not only preserving our history, but also promoting the success of our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Ellie was born and raised in Reno, Nevada; however, her maternal grandparents who live only a couple blocks away from her have historic ties to Silver Bell. Donald R. Jameson (Don) was her great-grandfather. He moved from the ASARCO trench unit in 1957 to house # 50 in Silver Bell and became general manager in 1959. He and Ellie's great-grandmother, Virginia O "Geno" Jameson had three sons, William (Bill), Richard (Rick), and Steve.
Ellie's grandfather (Rick) worked at the Silver bell mine during the summers when he was attending the University of Arizona. He was on the labor crew, powder crew, and helped on the drill rig. Rick married Charlotte-Ewing Jameson. They have three girls, one is her mother Wendy.
Ellie's great-grandparents and grandparents all graduated from the University Of Arizona where she initially wished to attend. However, Arizona State University was a better financial and educational match. She will be attending ASU in the fall of 2020 where she will be studying Public Service and Public Policy (Criminology) as well as Spanish at the Downtown Phoenix campus. In the future, she hopes to work in the Justice System.
[Pictured: Char and Rick Jameson with their granddaughter, Ellie. They live in Sparks, Nevada.]
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board has paused its meetings because of the difficulty in meeting in person at a safe location. Some members do not have access to online programs so that they may attend virtually. As we are able to schedule a meeting, it will be posted here.
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The Silver Bell Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, which means your donation today is tax-deductible.
The Silver Bell Historical Society is a non-profit organization; however, it can only function with people and funding. Check out our members and how you, too, can become a Society Member!
ASARCO has had its footprint in the Silver Bell Mountains since the early 1900s and was the very reason our community of Silver Bell existed from 1954 - 1984. We are happy to continue a working relationship with our ASARCO friends at Silver Bell.
Established to protect the biology, geology, archaeology, history, and recreation opportunities found in the Monument, Friends work with the Bureau of Land Management and key partners to increase community awareness and provide critical advocacy and volunteer labor for projects on the Monument.
25000 West Avra Valley Road, Marana, Arizona 85653, United States