Goldfield Ghost Town

Goldfield was a town which began in 1893, with the gold rush. Between 3000 - 5000 people settled here. There were 50 working mines in the district. But the biggest producer was the Mammoth mine. However, attempts to dig deeper in the rich lode resulted in a flooding of the mine. Apparently the other mines produced only low grade ore. Eventually, the mines closed and the townsfolk moved on. Goldfield's post office was discontinued November 2, 1898.
 

In its heyday, the town boasted 3 saloons, a boarding house, general store, blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market and a school house. Now it has been rebuilt, following old drawings and photographs.
 

Twenty minutes trainrides are available. The conductor explains local history as he takes you around on the only narrow gauge railroad (36 inches) in operation in Arizona.
 

All sorts of old mining equipment 
are artfully placed 
through out the town. 
 

Skits of wild west scenerios
entertain those strolling
through the grounds.
 

This fellow, joking around with Laura's Mother,
gave an interesting guided tour of a reconstructed section
of the Mammoth Mine.

I'm not likely to forget
the origins of the word "jack hammer'
after his vivid talk.

©Joan Lansberry 1999
pictures of train conductor and hanging - ©Laura Lansberry 1999

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