Wickenburg, Arizona – Historic Old Mining Town

April 8-12, 2015

Headed to Congress AZ to get the rig weighed at Smart Weigh where they do one wheel at a time.  Wanted to make sure we were balanced.  We’re not, but there isn’t anything we can do about it.  We’ve shifted around all the weight we can, but there are simply too many permanently installed heavy things on the right rear side.  Sigh.

We took the opportunity to spend a few days camping in the nearby town of Wickenburg, an historic mining town founded in 1863.  It survived the typical hardships with Indian battles, bloodshed, drought, floods, and outlaws that most of our old west towns experienced.  When the railroad came in 1895, Wickenburg was thriving.01 Wickenburg banner

The Chamber of Commerce (located in the original train depot built in 1895) gave us a brochure for a walking tour of old town called “Out Wickenburg Way”.  There are 31 stops identifying historic buildings and a variety of bronze scultures located on some of the sidewalks and street corners.  Many of them have a button you can press for an audio presentation from the sculpture.  It was a fun little walk around town!

School Teacher at the Train Depot (see the audio button on the post to the right?)

School Teacher at the Train Depot (see the audio button on the post to the right?)

Sculpture of business woman Elizabeth Smith outside the Vernetta Hotel in the Hassayampa Building (1905)

Sculpture of business woman Elizabeth Smith outside the Vernetta Hotel in the Hassayampa Building (1905)

(Sculpture) Gold miner with donkey

(Sculpture) Gold miner with donkey

Bust of Henry Wickenburg, founder of the $30 million Vulture Mine, died penniless in 1905

Bust of Henry Wickenburg, founder of the $30 million Vulture Mine, died penniless in 1905

Cowboy and Dance Hall Girl

Cowboy and Dance Hall Girl

The Jail Tree, from 1863 to 1890, outlaws were chained to the jail tree for lack of a hoosegow.

The Jail Tree, from 1863 to 1890, outlaws were chained to the jail tree for lack of a hoosegow.

We were camped not far from the Vulture Mine, which has just recently started mining operations again after closing in 1942.  Vulture Mine is the most productive gold mine in Arizona history.  The abandoned mining town is now a ghost town with a weekly tour offered on Saturdays.  OK, why not?  We signed up for the tour.  The tour guide entertained our group with history, tales, and anecdotes.

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We were feeling guilty about loafing in the RV one day, doing nothing but sitting on our butts.  So we had to get in a hike.  Since the Vulture Peak Trail was just down the road, we decided to go for it.  Unfortunately, by the time our guilt had kicked in, it was early afternoon and the sun was HOT.  We did a couple of miles and gave up only because we thought Lucy was getting over-heated (yeah, right).  Would have been a great morning hike, but we were leaving in the morning.  Maybe next time we’re in the area.

Can we make it to the peak?

Can we make it to the peak?

The desert is still in bloom.

The desert is still in bloom.

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It's too hot to climb this much!

It’s too hot to climb this much!

Next stop, Cottonwood, Sedona, Prescott.  (We’re actually in Utah now.  I’m just catching up on the blog.)

Cheers!

6 thoughts on “Wickenburg, Arizona – Historic Old Mining Town

  1. We were just in Wickenburg! We drove to the end of Constellation Rd. I am about to post pictures of our trip.
    I have never done the walking tour and have been to Wickenburg so many times. We need to do that the next time we go as we enjoy a Mexican Restaurant there.
    Looking forward to your next posts!

  2. We had a great visit to Wickenburg two years ago. It is on our list to go back because we were only there for three nights. The best part is the Starbucks in the grocery store:) We enjoyed the walking tour, as well.

  3. We still have an anchor and chain in the garage. You could hang it off the right front of the RV! Just a thought. But, you have to come get it! Which reminds me… When are you guys heading back to Tortola?

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