A Day In Santa Cruz County

Harshaw Township Sign

Santa Cruz County is still sparsely populated and remains an excellent destination for bird and wildlife photographers, hikers, ghost town hunters, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

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Tombstone: The Town Too Tough To Die Almost Did


By the 1930’s, Tombstone was dying. The mining boomtown of the 1880’s was long gone. In 1882, Tombstone residents numbered between 6,000 and 7,000. By the time these photographs were taken, the nation was deep in the Great Depression, and Tombstone was almost a ghost town.

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Steins: A Ghost Town With Stories To Tell

Steins ghost town New Mexico

Steins (pronounced Steens) is a New Mexico ghost town. It is located very near the Arizona – New Mexico border and its history is very much related to Southern Arizona’s past. It is easy to get to. Driving east from Tucson, stay on the I-10 for a few minutes past … Continue reading

Pinos Altos: A New Mexico Ghost Town

Pinos Altos Opera House

May 2016. One of our day trips while staying in Silver City New Mexico was to the once thriving mining town of Pinos Altos (Spanish for Tall Pines). In 1860, three prospectors stopped for a drink at Bear Creek 7 miles north of Silver City and discovered gold. Soon, 700 … Continue reading

Klondyke Arizona: (Almost) Ghost Town

Klondyke Arizona: Restored Cabin of Jeff Power.

Klondyke is a near-ghost town in western Graham County. In the second decade of the 21st century, the only roads out there are still unpaved. The Klondyke cemetery is just southeast of town. There you will find the graves of the Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Power and his family. Few know the sad story of these […]

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A Hike to the Ghost Town of Charleston Arizona Territory

Wells Fargo Building

March 14, 2015 – Having been to many of the more accessible ghost towns, Ms. Rosemary and I (Ms. Karen) decided to hike to the remote ghost town of Charleston Arizona Territory. Led by our docent, Richard Bauer, this was a Friends of the San Pedro River “Members Only” hike, … Continue reading

Fairbank AZ: Ghost Town

Fairbank, AZ Restored Schoolhouse.

Fairbank is a Southern Arizona ghost town, and one of the best preserved, thanks to numerous conservation efforts. It’s located in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area about 10 miles west of Tombstone. Here conservation efforts have saved the San Pedro River, a haven for dozens of species of critters and birds.

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SASCO the Forgotten Ghost Town

Rockland Hotel

SASCO is a ghost town north of Tucson and just south of Picacho Peak. It was the smelter for the first Silverbell mine, which was 12 miles to the southwest and connected by rail. We had visited SASCO ten years ago; before we were Southern Arizona Guide and we had … Continue reading

Guided Hike to Charleston Ruins

Millville Trail Head Sign

For all you Ghost Town fanatics. Occasionally, the Friends of San Pedro River conduct a Members-only guided hike to Charleston Ruins. Charleston was a town on the west bank of the San Pedro River, directly across from Millville, that processed ore from Tombstone. When the mines in Tombstone were flooded … Continue reading