Sunday, October 16, 2011

Finding Gold

Well not really though I wish!!  

Before my little brother and his wife went back to Indiana, I took them to visit the Goldfield Ghost Town nearby.  

A great location for tourists, Goldfields was an actual town that in it's day, almost got bigger than Mesa, Arizona.  Boasting around 1,500 residents before the gold played out, it became a ghost town on November 2, 1898 when the US Post Office closed it's doors and the last of the town miners moved on. 

In it's heyday, Goldfield residents could avail themselves of a general store, brewery, blacksmith, a school and at least three saloons.  All of which flourished in the short five years before the gold rich vein gave out. 

The fancy building at the back of the photo is the Bordello, which I suppose, some might find interesting but I prefer all the old stuff sitting around outside everywhere.  If only it could all talk, what history we would learn!

Of course, shopping was important back in 'the day' so I had to make sure that my visitors checked out the general store.

Baby brother is SUCH a good sport!!!

 Aren't they cute!  We had such a great time being tourists!!

This is one of my favorite photos that I took that day. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the sights here and getting a tiny history lesson as well!


  1. Cool junk! But an interesting history lesson as well.

  2. Oh, you haven't taken us on a field trip for such a long time. I love these! What a great place. I'm so amazed by the abandoned things lying around. We want to learn to pan for gold. We saw a news broadcast that said with the recent hurricane, rivers in Vermont and NH have been stirred up and more gold can be found. Cool!

  3. What a fun field trip, your brother does appear to be enjoying himself. LOL. These are the types of places that peak my interest, however, it does seem to be a perfect niche for rattlesnakes! How is the snake search going? BTW, Did you encounter any ghost or strange encounters?Tis close to Halloween. Have a wonderful week, Julie.

  4. I agree with Courtney - I love your little side trips. I hope you kept your eyes wide open in case there was any leftover gold laying around ;)

  5. Oh girls! I can't tell you how refreshing these little field trips out here are!! That's why I love it here so much, the history that you can still see! One day, in my next life!!, I am going to write a historical romance set in the west!!! I absolutely LOVE Tombstone,AZ and all it's history with Wyatt Earp. AZ truly was the last wild frontier and it just speaks to me.
    Kim...there is a gold panning shop there at Goldfields where you can pan for tiny flakes of real gold, one of these days I'm going to do it and will write about it too.
    And Julie...yes those are all great niche's for rattlesnakes! No strange encounters tho!
    One day I want to take a field trip to Jerome, AZ which is said to truly be haunted. So is the Birdcage theater in Tombstone!

    Glad you all like my stories and will hope to keep the field trip themes going!!
    Thank you all for being such great followers!

  6. I love visiting ghost towns! They're so much fun, and I love imagining what life must have been like there. Thanks for the tour!

  7. Karen, I love visiting from the comfort and safety of my office chair just in case I would run into a rattlesnake, a scorpion of some nasty lizard or a giant spider. Is my imagination on over load? I appreciate your virtual tours.

    I said it before and I'll say it again, you are a brave woman. JB

  8. Karen ~
    Baby brother is a good sport but doesn't look like a happy!
    Thanks for the tour.
    Pug hugs :)

  9. Wow...that looks like a really cool place to visit! I would like all the stuff sitting outside too. I would probably want to take some of it home. But that wouldn't be right.



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