Bisbee - SE Desert
"Queen of the Mining Camps"
The brawling mining days of the 1880's blend with the modern city of today.
Famous underground Queen Mine tours, Brewery Gulch, Copper Queen Hotel and
Lavender Pit are some of the HoT SpoT places to see.
Charleston - SE Desert
"In it's heyday, tougher than Tombstone"
Used a training site by the US Army during WWII for house to house combat
which caused many of the buildings to be destroyed. Some adobe ruins
Cochran - Superstitions
"Once the site of a railroad depot"
A few buildings remain. Coke ovens directly across the river. Pick-up or
high clearance vehicle recommended.
Contention City - SE Desert
"A mill town where ore from Tombstone was processed"
Congress - Central
"Site of Congress Gold Mine"
Ruins of old cabins and flats, old cemetery is well maintained.
Courtland - SE Desert
"Mining Camp named for Courtland Young"
Courtland Young was a mining engineer ... The town's single resident doesn't
Dos Cabezas - SE Desert
"Wells Fargo Station in 1885"
Formerly an active supply center for mines and cattle ranches in the
surrounding area. Adobe ruins and stage station.
Duquesne - SE Desert
"Former Mining Center"
Established around the turn of the century, this town had peak population
of 1,000 residents including Westinghouse (Westinghouse Electric) who lived
here while removing more than $4,000,000 in ore from his nearby mine.
This site is on private property, is posted & is not open to the public. Only one tour company High Desert Adventures has authorization to visit & explore this site which includes the Westinghouse "mansion" ruins and a small Mexican cemetery tucked in a clearing near the border.
Ehrenberg - Colorado River
"Now a Growing Community"
Named for Herman Ehrenberg, a surveyor of the area, killed at Dos Palmas,
Ca in 1886. Old adobe ruins and a cemetery.
Gleeson - SE Desert
"John Gleeson prospected the area in 1880's"
Long before the arrival of the Spaniards, Indians were mining turquoise
near the present site of Gleeson. Tiffany's mined the blue gem while other
interests mined copper, lead and zinc.
Picturesque ruins and cemetery.
Goldfield - Superstitions
"Mining town in the mid 1890's"
Now in the midst of a thriving community.
Four of the original mine shafts, stopes, and timbers can be seen. A HoT
Goldroad - Colorado River
"Gold Discovered in 1864"
First discovered by John Moss and party, in 1902 a new strike was made by
Joe Jerez. In 1949, most of the remaining mining operations were razed to
escape taxes. Now mostly diggings, minor ruins.
Harrisburg - Colorado River
"First Town In This Part of the Desert"
The town was started by Capt. Charles Harris on the site of the old
centennial state station. Gold was discovered near the town site by Bill
Bear around 1886.
Harshaw - SE Desert
"Settled about 1875"
This place soon boasted a newspaper, "The Bullion," saloons, numerous
stores, with 100 working mines nearby. Only one building remains here and it is on private property but is
visible from the road.
Hilltop - SE Desert
"Mine Established by Frank & John Hands"
Town was first started on the west side of the mountain, then a tunnel was
put through to the east side where an even larger town was established.
Today, it is a ghost town.
Jerome - Central
"Famous Copper Camp Established in 1876"
The town hit a peak population of 15,000 about 1929 and its main mine
produced $500,000,000 in ore before closing in 1952. The population has
re-grown to about 400 making Jerome classified as a "restored mining town."
Many picturesque buildings and ruins, museum, other points of interest. A
HoT SpoT destination.