Goldfield Ghost Town

We spent Sunday exploring the little tourist trap of Goldfield Ghost Town nestled at the foot of the Superstition Mountains. Goldfield is fairly small. There are only about 4-5 shops, all of which were quirky, 1 tiny museum, 1 sit down restaurant, but there are some pretty fun things to do if you're into cheesy activities. Which we are!

Goldfield Ghost Town is actually the site of a real ghost town. I was originally under the impression that it was built for the sole purpose of entertainment but in actuality Goldfield was created in 1892 by the rush that followed the discovery of gold in the vicinity. By late 1897 the gold mines had played out and the population moved out leaving a ghost town. After several years a small community called Youngsberg evolved on the site of the old ghost town. The town had its revival when mines were opened nearby and a mill and cyanide plant was installed. Unfortunately it was all short lived as the mines played out again and the town was deserted.

cactus, Mammoth Restaurant and and saloon, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com

Superstition Mountains, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Superstition Mountains

Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Old wooden watertower, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Gold was founded in 1893 and the area very quickly turned into a bustling mining town called Goldfield.  At the height of its hey-day, it boasted of a population of 1,500. By 1898 though, the town became a ghost town as the finding of gold trickled down.  The town had a sort of rebirth in the early 1920's but only lasted about 5 years --until all of the gold was gone.  It reopened in the late 1980's --not for mining this time, but basically for what it is today.

Train station, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
In front of the train station.

Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Superstition Mountains, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Souvenir shop.

Cowboy doll statue, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Making new friends...

Superstition Mountains, Bordertown shop, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Old jail, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Jail rules sign, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Museum, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
A very small museum. We did discover a very interesting picture inside.

Victorian style bordello, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Best looking house in town... it turned out to be a bordello.  It was closed when we went but visitors can tour the inside for a fee.

Little church service, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Church that was holding service.

little church service, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

cactus, Mammoth Restaurant and and saloon, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

old cowboy doll statue, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Getting fresh with the new friend...

outhouse, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
What's in the outhouse?

cowboy, doll, statue inside outhouse, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Another new friend! We were on really good terms....

explosives, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Goldfield Train station, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

train, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
For $8/adult, we took the train ride tour and got a very good history lesson on the town.

Snake alert don't touch sign, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

train conductor, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

horses, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

rusted mine carts, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

rusted mine train cart, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

open mine, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
An open mine.

horse back rider riding, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Check out that wicked mustache riding the white horse.

Superstition Mountains, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
View of the town from the train ride.

train ride, superstition mountains, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

windmill, superstition mountains, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

train, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

The Mystery Shack was our favorite feature! For $5/adult, visitors get taken into what is supposedly a vortex. Between the 6 of us though, we did figure out a few things about the.... mystery.

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Not yet in the "vortex"... just being silly.

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
And down we go into the vortex.

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

water falling, The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Water defying gravity! Ooooh, ahhhh!

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
I definitely had a case of vertigo in this place! Good thing we didn't eat lunch before going in here!

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
"What the heck is going on?!"

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Going up the ramp felt like you were going down, going down felt like you were going up.

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
This is... awkward...

free standing gravity defying broom, The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Gravity defying broom!

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Auditioning for Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal music video?

hanging lamp, The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

getting up from chair, The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

The Mystery Shack, Vortex, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
We were challenged to sit down on the chair with our hands on our knees and to stand up without using our hands for aid.  It took me 2 tries... The 1st time took me by surprise. It was surprisingly a challenge. I did better than the others who tried though.... thanks to Crossfit. :D

bottomless open deep mine, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Standing over a bottomless mine.

Gangnam style, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Gangnam style. Or maybe it should be called Goldfield style.

We lunched at the only restaurant in the town, Mammoth Restaurant and Saloon:

Mammoth Restaurant and and Saloon, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

hanging saw, mammoth restaurant and and saloon, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Can you spot the saw hanging right over him?

boots hanging from the ceiling, mammoth restaurant and and saloon, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ
Hanging boots adorning the ceiling of the restaurant.

superstition mountains, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction, Arizona, AZ

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