Greg really wanted to see either Indian ruins or a ghost town, and since Greg hardly ever really wants to do things (he’s a go with the flow kind of guy), both Cori and I tried to find some in our area. Unfortunately, the Indian ruins are really more on on the east side of Arizona, but Cori did find an old mining town nearby. As we later discovered the Castle Dome Mine Museum is a re-creation of the mining community that was on that site since the 1800’s. There are 7 original buildings and several original mine holes and the re-created buildings were often made with materials that were left in the area. The historical accuracy of the mining town is somewhat in dispute, which bugged Lee a little, but someone obviously went to a great deal of trouble and at $10 a person the price was right. I thought it was pretty cool and particularly liked the little stories they had gathered from children who had lived in the community. Also, it is way out in the desert and next to a national refuge so the surrounding scenery was pretty beautiful and we got to see one of the border balloons up close. Overall I would recommend it, just don’t expect a typical ghost town, or you will be disappointed.
After seeing half of the town we walked over to the “70’s” area. This property has been owned by numerous people and the last was an eccentric guy who was convinced he could make the mine work. Apparently he did most of the mining himself and eked out a living. He must have gotten lonely though, because occasionally he would go into a town, present himself as a rich mine owner, and talk someone into marrying him. He did this 6 times because when they got a look at the place it didn’t last long.
The funniest part was when I pulled the sheet aside to look in the bathroom I screamed very,very loud, because this is what i saw….
After seeing the town we drove over to the mine itself, which holds the 7 original buildings. Since this was from a higher vantage point, the views were very nice and we could bring Hobie out to see.
After we finished with the mining town we still had some daylight hours left, so where do you take Greg on the spur of the moment? Why prison of course. The Yuma Territorial Prison was relatively close and only costs $6 to visit. The site has had numerous purposes over the years and was in danger of being destroyed when a local nonprofit formed to save it. Eventually it was turned into a state park and for $6 is definitely worth the visit. Many western outlaws were incarcerated here and even some women women murderers. It was alternatively known as a “hell hole” prison (because of the insane heat) and as a “country club” by the locals because the prison had electric and forced ventilation which few of the surrounding houses had. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. The guys really enjoyed the prison and I did find it interesting, although it’s not something I would have picked on my own. That’s one of the fun things about hanging out with people, you get to try new things.
After a long day in the sun, we were all ready to head back and Lee and I watched the movie 3:10 to Yuma that night. It was an excellent movie, and I really enjoy watching movies about the areas we are in.
The next day our friend Rick arrived with his faithful companion Maxine. Rick is a really sweet guy with a nice blog that I enjoy and we were very glad to see him but bummed because the weather was supposed to be so bad. Cori and Greg made Fajitas for all of us and we ate them in the rig, but we called it an early night so we could batten down the hatches. Turns out the winds were around 50mph (the outer limit for our Flagpole buddy) and since Lee only partially lowered it, the very top snapped off. Lee thinks he can fix it though and it could have been quite a bit worse. Many of our neighbors have slide toppers and ended up putting in their slides for the night. I think Cori and Greg’s rig sort of wind blocked us because it really wasn’t that bad for us.
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