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Although largely a recreation of the original town, this is a fun and historic way to look back on what it was like during the glory days of the Old West in America. Living as close as I do, I’ve been here many times, but only during this last visit did I really see the never ending photo opportunities. For some stupid, unknown reason…I had a mental lapse and accidentally erased a large number of pictures that I had taken this day. Guess I’ll just have to go back again!

Situated between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mountains, the settlement of Goldfield got its start in 1892 when very rich, high grade gold ore was found in the area. A town soon sprang up and on October 7, 1893 it received its first official post office.

This “official” find, coupled with the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine, which had been circulating for years, led plenty of new miners to the area and in no time, the town boasted three saloons, a boarding house, a general store, brewery, blacksmith shop, butcher shop, and a school. For five years the town boomed until some 1,500 souls were residing in the burgeoning city.

But like other gold camps, Goldfield’s bustling days were quickly dashed when the vein of gold ore started to play out and the grade of the ore dropped even more. Just five years after it began, the town found itself quickly dying. The miners moved on, the post office was discontinued on November 2, 1898, and Goldfield became a ghost town.

Today, Goldfield is filled with authentic looking buildings, includes underground mine tours, and the only narrow gauge railroad in operation in Arizona. Numerous shops and buildings include a brothel, bakery, leather works, a jail, livery, and more. The authentic looking street is filled with people in period costume, horses and wagons, and sometimes authentic gunfighter presentations


Thanks for taking a look.

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  • Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1297 W: 2 N: 2381] (9324)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-07-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/20 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-09-13 3:50
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