Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog




mine building

old truck

picturesque shovels


Mining was and is a major activity in this part of Arizona. Gold brought folks here initially, but silver and copper were and are still being mined commercially. Many of the older mines and buildings surrounding them are abandoned and collapsing back into the desert. An entrepreneur brought a number of these remains to one central location called Goldfield and built a goldmine ghost town. Back in the 1890's the real Goldfield boasted three saloons, a boarding house, general store, blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market and a school house. Just when it looked like the town would outgrow Mesa, the vein faulted, the grade of ore dropped and the town died a slow painful death. After several unsuccessful attempts to reopen the mines, the town did come to life again from 1910 on and off until 1926. And thanks to tourists it is alive once again. We spent the morning in this picturesque spot and packed up and headed back to Tucson.

The Lazy Days campground which was almost a ghost town when we first got here is now almost full. The gem and minerals show is here this weekend and draws people from around the world. There's also an airstream rally here. I would never want to own an airstream, because they rarely have slide out walls and space is limited, but they still look very cool.

But we are here to try once again to get our jacks repaired. Here's hoping the new controller has been built and shipped to this Lazy Days (not the one in Tampa) and the tech can just pop it in and we'll be on our way by noon. Fingers crossed!

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