SOURCE: United Mines, Inc.

United Mines, Inc.

December 22, 2009 05:50 ET

United Mines, Inc. Sponsors "Mining Foundation of the Southwest" 27th Annual American Mining Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony & Banquet

United Mines Serves as "Silver Sponsor" for Prestigious Mining Awards Ceremony Held in Tucson, Arizona on December 5, 2009

ORO VALLEY, AZ--(Marketwire - December 22, 2009) - United Mines, Inc. (OTCBB: UNMN) ("United Mines" or the "Company"), a precious metals mining company, based in Tucson, Arizona, today announced the Company was proud to serve as "SILVER" sponsor of the "Mining Foundation of the Southwest" 2009 American Mining Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Banquet. The awards ceremony marked the 27th annual rendition of the event, held in the Company's hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

Robert A. Metz, United Mines' Chief Geologist and President of the Mining Foundation of the Southwest, proudly presented this year's inductee, Mr. Tom Albanese, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto, the Foundation's 2009 Hall of Fame Award for his dedication, knowledge, leadership and inspiration to his peers in the mining industry.

"Tom's a fine gentleman and dedicated servant of our world's natural resources," stated Mr. Metz, also a Director & VP at UMI. "It was a distinct honor and pleasure to have Mr. Albanese fly in from London for this prestigious industry event."

"This event is the Academy Awards of the mining industry," proclaimed Glenn E. Martin, President & CEO of United Mines. "Tom Albanese, was an excellent choice as the 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee." CEO Martin added, "I look forward to working with industry execs like Tom to meet the ever demanding natural resource needs of the 21st century for efficient, cost-effective, environmentally safe, mining operations for the masses."

In a letter of thanks to United Mines, William E. Hawes, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee, wrote, "On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Mining Foundation of the Southwest, I wish to express our deep appreciation of your sponsorship... The Foundation, with support from our sponsors will continue to promote vital education outreach programs in our schools that provide understanding of mining's vital role in providing the basic foundation of America's economy."

About the Cerro Colorado Silver Project (Recent History)

In 1854 Mr. Charles Poston came to Arizona to explore. Mr. Poston was appointed the agent in charge of Indian Affairs by President Abraham Lincoln and later became known as the "Father of Arizona." During his exploration, Mr. Poston aligned with Major General Samuel Debrille Heintzelman. In 1853, Mr. Heintzelman "rediscovered" the now famous, "Cerro Colorado Mine." Then, Mr. Heintzelman started the Sonora Exploration and Mining Company in 1856. Board of Directors included Mr. Samuel Colt, of the revolver fame. The Sonora Exploration and Mining Company worked portions of the Cerro Colorado property where silver ore assayed upwards of 10,000 ozs. of silver per ton. The richest ore at 12,000 ozs. per ton was 50% pure silver. With Apaches on the warpath the Cerro Colorado was only intermittingly mined from the 1860s to 1880s. By 1908, veins 30 ft. wide of high grade silver ore were discovered and mined to 350 ft.

In May of 1941, with the outbreak of war, all precious metal, primarily gold and silver, was outlawed for private possession. After the war, UMI's Founder and Chairman, Mr. Glynn G. Burkhardt, searched out and discovered new mines and mining opportunities, himself becoming living history, with over 70 years of service and dedication to the Arizona mining industry. He was elected President of the Arizona Small Mine Operators Association at a miners meeting in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1955, until he joined His LORD in February 2009. Through Glynn G. Burkhardt's expertise in mining and intimate knowledge of the "Oro Blanco," along with his son Glynn A. Burkhardt and Glenn E. Martin, the concept of United Mines, to re-establish and bring alive the dreams of a lost generation of miners, was born and is now well on its way to becoming a reality. View the Cerro Colorado Silver Project, from the 1500s to present, and complete Mining Foundation of the Southwest letter.

About United Mines, Inc.

United Mines, Inc. (ARIZ) is a precious metals mining company, based in Tucson, Arizona. The Company owns silver, gold and copper exploration projects in Arizona, USA. United Mines 100% owns & operates a twin plant, 100+ ton PD gravity float & 55,000 ton heap leach processing facility, permitted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). UMI's flagship primary silver exploration and development project is known as: The Cerro Colorado Silver Project. For more information about United Mines, please visit

Forward Looking Statements

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Contact Information

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    Mr. Glenn E. Martin
    President, United Mines, Inc.
    (520) 742-3111
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