Goldfield and Its Grand Goodiesby John Scott on Dec. 20, 2012, under Uncategorized
If any of you have ventured up to Apache Junction, you may have passed Goldfield Ghost Town. It’s not a ghost town in the traditional sense; that would leave us to believe there are no inhabitants and that it is in serious decay. I can assure you Goldfield is in good condition and open to the public.
Located between the Superstition Mountains and Goldfield Mountains, the settlement of Goldfield was once a boomtown. It was founded in 1892 to service the miners who were pulling high grade gold out of the mountains. At one point there were over 1500 people living in Goldfield. There was a post office, bank, saloons, and even a brewery. Sadly, five years later the vein of gold played out and the inhabitants vamoosed. Goldfield sat vacant for many years. There was even resurgence in finding gold during the 1920′s, but the town still didn’t last.
In the 1960’s Robert Schoose bought the land and rebuilt Goldfiled to it’s current status. Although the buildings are mostly reproductions and not exactly at the original townsite, it gives the public a first hand look at mining towns of the Old West. Along with all the touristy shops, one can find a museum containing a plethora of frontier-era artifacts. The last thing on the tour is a dress coat reported to have belonged to Doc Holliday. The Bordello tour is also an interesting one. I guess there’s no need to elaborate what went on there.
Goldfield was built on a rocky and unlevel terrain. So, walking across the street you may be going uphill or downhill, and if you’re not careful you’ll bump into a boulder or a covert ore cart (Okay…voice of authority, here. I bumped into an ore cart). One of the attractions is the Mystery Shack, built with strange levels in mind. Pictures won’t hang straight and water emerges where there are no pipes. If you are a bit compulsive about straight pictures, like I am, this place will drive you right over to the saloon.
What Old West town would be compete without a gunfight group? Well, the Goldfield Gunfighters grace the streets frequently for some fun shootouts. In between shows you can hop aboard the Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad or tour the mine. Plenty to keep the family interested, and fill the old noggin with a bowl full of history.
Goldfield Ghost Town is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In March, they host a chili cook off, which I am told shouldn’t be missed by bowl o’ red connoisseurs.