Henry P. Ewing, The Blind Miner

MondayMeanderingsWhile researching possible topics for today’s article, I was thinking perhaps mining history and then ran across a link to a story about a blind miner in Mohave County, Arizona.  Hmm … that sounds interesting, so I researched a bit further.  Just the story about Henry Ewing as a blind miner is fascinating enough, but I thought there must be more to his story, and indeed there is.  But, first the story of Henry P. Ewing, the blind miner.

The astonishing tale of a blind miner in Mohave County began to show up in the local newspaper in 1906 after Henry had a few mishaps.  In his book Arizona, Prehistoric, Aboriginal, Pioneer, Modern: The Nation’s Youngest Commonwealth Within a Land of Ancient Culture, Volume 2, James McClintock had a short paragraph about Henry:

A Blind Miner and His Work

Mohave County has given the world many instances of rare courage in its pioneer days, but nothing finer than the tale how a blind miner, Henry Ewing, unaided sunk a shaft on his Nixie mine, near Vivian, not far from the present camp of Oatman.  It was in 1904, after Ewing, a gentleman of culture, had lost his eyesight.  Despite the warning of friends, he

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