Here are a few more shots from the trip. This place was unreal. The day we went- not a soul around. Quiet as can be. Especially around the hanging tree.
It was the biggest gold mine in all of Arizona.
In the 40's they shut it down. Everyone packed and left.
Some of the houses had been moved to several bigger towns.
But a few buildings are left standing. Be careful.
A few of the buildings have fallen in on themselves.
Also catacombs of mine tunnels all over the place- sometimes you think a sink hole might open up-and swallow you. You can peer down a few shafts.
You do pay a fee. You need to go to the Vultures Roost manger's office.
Care taker Roma Hagan and her husband Marty run the Vulture Mine.
They took it over from Roma's parents who have owned it since the seventies.
Roma is a wealth of information on the town and its hot spots.
Great stories, haunted photos and the like.
You sign a waiver when you get there.
So in case a building should collapse on you, or you do something stupid, you will be responsible. Plus you need to remember(the place is wild desert) you do have potential rattlesnakes situations, scorpions, bees, etc.
You need to keep your wits about ya.
Or common sense.
No place for stupid-but then the desert never is.
The entire time we explored the mine and its few buildings. I couldn't stop thinking about the Brady Bunch episode when they get trapped in the ghost town. Anyone remember that one. Or better yet the Hawaii Curse episode.
If you should go- don't forget to check out the school houses- located on the other side of the main town. Very much worth the small hike or drive over.
After you go- you always need to check your photos
for a face looking back at ya.
The place is ripe with ghosts.