Goldfield Ghost Town is located off Mammoth Mine Road at the base of the Superstition Mountains. With the discovery of mines in 1892, Goldfield became a booming community with a population of about 5,000 people, 3 saloons, boarding houses, a hotel, a general store and a schoolhouse. There were 50 working mines in the district.
Millions of tons of gold ore were mined from this area back in 1893, but one section of this mining town was quickly closed down in 1894 after miners complained of abnormal and haunting events.
Just when it looked like the town would keep on growing, 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.
The legendary Lost Dutchman’s Mine is rumored to be in the area. The Superstition Mountains still draw adventurers seeking lost gold as well as those seeking recreation activities.
Goldfield Ghost Town offers a guided tour of a reconstructed section of the old Mammoth Mine. There are several unique shops, a saloon, brothel, bakery, leather works, jail, livery, Arizona’s only working narrow gauge railway and the Goldfield Museum. You also get to witness an old west gunfight performed by the famous Goldfield Gunfighters. You can also pan for gold and take a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train.
The first floor of the Goldfield museum has an extensive picture history of Goldfield dating back to 1893 as well as a complete collection of Lost Dutchman, Apache Trail and Superstition Mountain artifacts.
This museum also contains a collection of authentic movie artifacts. These are from movies filmed in and around Goldfield, the historic Apache Trail, Apache Junction and other locations in the Superstition Mountains.
Click here for more information.