Sunday, February 07, 2010

CASTLE DOME MINE MUSEUM & WESTERN GHOST TOWN

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THE KOFA MOUNTAIN RANGE

Weatherman was calling for rain again today & when I checked the computers weather map last night there was large amount of rain headed our way from southern California.  It never got here:))

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PUDDLES LEFT FROM SATURDAY’S RAIN

When I let Max out this morning at 5 there wasn't a cloud in the sky & the stars stretched from mountain top to mountain top.  What a great feeling to know we were not going to be stuck inside the motorhome all day under gray rainy skies.

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CHECKING OUT FUTURE BOONDOCKING SPOTS

A few days ago & I had taken a photo of a 5th wheel near us flying some flags.  A day later we received a comment in our blog from that 5th wheel saying, "hey, those were our flags you to took a photo of."  Now how did they know we were here.  Must have been our 'Bayfield Bunch.com' logo on the back of the rig.  This morning we walked down to the fifth wheel & met Kris & Steve from Sacramento California.  Nice folks:))DSC_0151

CASTLE DOME MUSEUM COMPLEX

It was a picture perfect day with deep blue skies & fluffy cotton ball clouds as we headed south down highway 95 towards Yuma looking for Castle Dome road in the Castle Dome mountains.  And, where were we going?  Castle Dome Museum..........of course:))

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ENTRANCE TO A REPLICA MINE SHAFT

Seemed to be a lot of RV's heading the other way towards Quartzite as we turned east off the highway & headed northeast up a paved road which quickly turned into 10 miles of rumbly gravel the rest of the way to the museum.  The mountains ahead of us stood magnificently against the sky & once again I was reminded of how truly fortunate we really are to here in the great American Southwest.

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HOTEL SALOON

Castle Dome Mines Museum & Ghost town is quite a remarkable place.  The complex is laid out on 10 acres with a walking tour of the District Silver Mine.   The brochure says, "Castle Dome's silver mining began in 1864 & was mined until 1979.  The characters who have come & gone have made Castle Dome City's history one of old Arizona's most appealing chapters.  'There were shootouts, brawls, & untimely deaths.  Fortunes were made & lost.  The 'old west' way of life is gone, but preserved in Castle Dome City in what they left behind.  35 restored buildings full of artifacts as diverse as the folks who lived here."

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A SAMPLING OF TODAYS PHOTOS  (click to enlarge)

It is a story in itself how all the buildings & countless artifacts have been gathered together here in this museum in the desert.  Rather than me try to repeat the story, you can check this link for the first hand account of CASTLE DOME CITY & how it came to be.  We spent 2 hours roaming the buildings & pathways today & I’m sure dedicated historians could spend many days here .  Most everything is genuine & as I walked into the first old miners cabin & could smell the old musty wood.  I remembered that smell from the time we toured the old BIRD CAGE THEATER IN TOMBSTONE ARIZONA  That scent is a true stamp of authenticity with decades upon decades of age oozing from the very wood fibers themselves. 

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KELLY ADDS HER DAD’S NAME TO THE WALL OF VETERANS

So much to see & so many photos to take & as usual I took a ka-zillion million pictures & will put them all in a web album hopefully sometime within the next couple of days.  There is a $6 charge per person to come in & if your in the area & have an interest in the old west & it's wild & wooly mining days, I would suggest to make the drive out to the Castle Dome Museum but if you can't make it be sure to watch for our photo album sometime in the next day or so.  Photos have made it through the Picasa editing program & I just have to caption them now.

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On our way back to Quartzite we took a side trip into the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge mountain range again turning east off highway 95 just across from the historical Stone Cabin site.  I am in continuous awe of this land's elegance all the time we are here in the southwest & today was no exception.  The multi peaked spires of the great Kofa mountains against the deep blue azure sky flanked by large cumulous clouds was truly inspiring.  We followed the reasonably good gravel road in for about 5 miles checking for good boondocking places.  Saw a few rigs scattered about so we knew it would be a future boondocking place for the Bayfield Bunch for sure.  And to think that we had been to Quartzite for the past 3 years in a row & never knew the beauty we were so close to.  I had repeatedly taken pictures of the these mountains from near Quartzite over the years but never took the time to explore the mountains themselves.  What another great area we have discovered.........10-4:))

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Welcome to new blog follower, Azequine.  Hope you love the American southwest as much as we do & we're glad to have you aboard as we travel the mountains & canyons of New Mexico, Arizona, & California:))

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HEADING BACK TO OUR RIG SOUTH OF QUARTZITE

I got a kick out of Rick's & Mike's comments in last night's blog.  Not to worry boys, there will no social butterfly metamorphing out of this fellow.  Been there, done that & priorities have thankfully changed!!  Nice try guys:))

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SUNDAY NIGHT KOFA MOUNTAIN SUNSET

4:30 A.M. Monday morning Arizona time update…… Just finished the web album for today’s photos & they are at… CASTLE DOME MINES MUSEUM & GHOST TOWN

GROANER'S CORNER:((  A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office."Is it true," she wanted to know,"that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"
"Yes, I'm afraid so," the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'."

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12 comments:

  1. The trip to Castle Museum looks really interesting...we will be sure to stop next time thru. John Rosasco

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  2. Great job guys. I really look foward to your Blog every night.

    Rojo

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  3. Wonderful pics, as always! I'm SO behind on our blog and still trying to find my "rhythm", but I do intend to catch up, write more and go back and add lots of captions to the photos I've already posted. It's partly your fault Al and Kelly, you know (me being behind)...I login to update my blog, but then the first thing I do is read YOUR blog, which I enjoy immensely, and then on to our other mutual "travelling blogger friends", and then look at links from your blog and others, and before I know it a couple of hours have passed and then I don't have time to update OURS, because we have other wonderful "travel things" to do! So ,there!...That's IT in a nutshell! (and no, don't even go there! I am NOT a nut!) And thank you for "following" our blog! That means a lot to me.
    P.S. - Since I'm a "newbie" at this blogging stuff, any helpful advice /suggestions will be gratefully accepted. - Mary Ann
    :-)

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  4. What a great tour guide you make Al and Kelly--we will be sure to visit the Castle Dome City before we leave this area. Great photos!

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  5. Great pics, Al. Just another spot we'll have to add to our list of places to visit.

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  6. As always Al great photos and commentary... Makes me want to go and visit that area... And hopefully we will soon! Have a great day & travel safe!
    Donna

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  7. You don't need to publish this.
    I love your blog and photos, but Quartzite is a rock.
    QUARTZSITE IS THE PLACE.
    Just thought you would like to know.
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

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  8. This area is amazing! we enjoy it's beauty and love to see it through your lens.
    One thing we learned today - We HAVE to get solar panels ASAP!

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  9. We really miss you! Great photos as always. I have learned so much from you, just by looking at your photos and seeing what you see and I miss :)

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  10. I had no idea that this mine museum existed. Thanks for the info. We will have to check it out next time were are near Quartszite.

    While in Kofa, did you guys check out Crystal Hill? We had a great time boondocking and rock hounding there last year.

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  11. We only had six hours at Pamukkale (Hierapolis) so when we arrived it was decided that two hours would be spent in Cleopatra’s pool. This is a large pool with shallow spots and five meter deep parts, the pool is about 35C with Roman columns within it. I have never in life experienced anything like this before and recommend that everybody does go in the pool. Note there is an additional charge of about £10 GBP, which is worth every penny www.privatetoursinistanbul.com Some time should be saved for the rest of the Hierapolis and the massive theatre, also the St. Philips Martyrium is well worth a hike up the hill. We spent the remainder of our time at the travertine’s which will also be very memorable, I recommend walking to the bottom of the hill to get photos of the pure white travertine’s and I found it was a pleasurable experience to be away from the thousands of people.

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