Fritz Augustus Heinze came to Butte at the age of 19 in 1889 as a mining engineer. He established his own mining company and quickly began climbing the ranks in Butte to become a Copper King. He was known as a brilliant mining man, a financial wizard, who manipulated the stock market. His grasp on mining law would have worldwide impacts with the resolution of the Apex Law, which stated a mine owner could mine the ore veins that outcropped on his claim and follow the veins even if it went underneath another’s claim. After many legal battles involving his mining practices, Heinze sold his mining interests to the Anaconda Company in 1906. He then moved to New York City and died in 1914.
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