Vulture Gold Mine

Wickenburg Travel Blog

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After leaving Phoenix, I made my way to Wickenburg, Arizona. I heard there was a ghost town/old mine nearby. I stayed the night on Friday, at a hotel that had a neighbor who had peacocks. Noisy birds, when they call to each other it sounds like a cat crying. The hotel was nice, a very old one and I got to stay in one of the original rooms. Wasn't the biggest hotel room I've ever been in, but was nostalgic to be there.

Awakened early, thanks to the peacocks and headed for the ghost town. The town of Wickenburg was named after the man who started the mine.

The Vulture Gold Mine was discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg. Henry sold the mine after a few years. The Vulture, however, went on to become the most productive gold mine in the history of Arizona. Vulture City grew to a population of almost five thousand people. The mine sparked the development of Arizona and the city of Phoenix.

The Vulture Mine produced gold worth more than 200 million dollars. The exact amount is unknown. Some say that nearly half of the Vulture’s gold was stolen. "Highgrading" or theft of the high grade ore was common at the Vulture. At least 18 men were hung on the Vulture City’s hanging tree, nearly all for highgrading.

When President Franklin Roosevelt closed the mine in 1942 (WW II) people left believing they would return in six months. The mine never reopened. Almost overnight a once thriving community became a ghost town.

cotton_foam says:
there is similar monument like this here in CA. its called "Bodie" State Monument...
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014
acowboy says:
looking forward to seeing this place on my way to Vegas!
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
RuthCurtis says:
I grew up in Wickenburg, and over the years have read many tourist accounts of visits to the mine. This by far is one of the best, thankyou for describing my hometowns legacy in such a wonderful way.
Posted on: Oct 19, 2007
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