Vulture City Mine

Vulture Roose sign

A month back, we headed up to Phoenix and decided to take a detour to Wickenburg.  We had heard there was a pretty cool ghost town. Unfortunately we arrived a little too late (they closed at 2 PM) and without enough cash (no debit / credit access) so we had to continue on to our original errand.  After watching the Vulture Mine episode on Ghost Adventures, we decided it was probably worth another attempt.

We headed up earlier and arrived to find that since airing on Ghost Adventures, the Vulture City Mine tour extended their hours to 3 PM and hiked up their fee from $7 to $10.  Ahhh capitalism. =)

Here are the photos and a little background on the town:

Historic Mine sign in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

In 1863, Henry Wickenburg founded Vulture City Gold Mine.  Here was his first house (smaller than our bedroom).

Henry Wickenburg's First House in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Vulture City was one of the most successful gold mines in the US until it was shut down in the 40's.  It went from a town of 5,000 to a ghost town virtually overnight.

Unlike Bisbee, it really is a ghost town.  There aren't any residents, the "care takers" are only there during tourist hours and there isn't any electricity.  Supposedly there's quite a few resident ghosts as well...

Donkey in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
Actually, I think this guy might be the town's official resident....

The Glory Hole (which collapsed) was unfortunately off limits.

Glory hole in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Glory hole in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Gold Panning sign in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
Spelling wasn't big back then.

Ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
The first intact building is off limits.  Probably for a good reason because when we peeked inside, a lot of the floor had given way and looked like it would completely give way any minute.

Off limits building in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona


This assay office is where they checked the purity of the gold.

Assay office in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Interior Panorama of building in Vulture City ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ, Arizona

Extremely dilapitated building in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

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Bed Spring in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com
Do you think that was a Sealy memory foam?

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Hanging tree in ghost town of Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com
18 unlucky people found themselves hanging on the wrong end of the noose at the Hanging Tree, which was right next to Henry Wickenburg's first house.

There were 2 buildings in which it looked like they had tried to restore the town in the 40's.  Here is one of the buildings:

Kitchen of building in ghost town of Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona

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Close up of some of the items on the shelves:

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trolley in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com
65% of the things we saw...  we weren't sure what they were.  Like this....  cart?  Trolley?  Horse trough?

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Kennedy Gearless Crusher in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com

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panorama of flour - powder room in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com
Powder kegs.

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A miner's missing underwear? I hope that's oil.

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School house.

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Ghost Adventures left tape in some of the buildings.

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Outhouse...

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...with toilets side by side. Just a little awkward?

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Of course I peeked into the toilets.

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This is another one of the buildings that was going to go through restoration/renovation.

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A haunted piano with an angry pianist. It's out of commission but supposedly it can be heard playing on its own at night.

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Vulture City Mine

Address: 36610 N 355th Ave., (between mile post 15 and 14 on Vulture Mine Road), Wickenburg, AZ 85358
Hours: No set hours but last we checked, they stayed open until 3 PM
Fees: $7-$10 (Cash Only)
Website: ci.wickenburg.az.us/index.aspx?nid=541

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