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Gold King Mine & Ghost Town


Ghost towns and wheelchair access aren’t exactly synonymous with each other. Same goes for old mines. But if old cars, antiques, and nostalgia are of interest, the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town just outside of Jerome (itself a great old town) is worth the price of admission.

Admission is a good place to start – its free to wheelers! And this is likely because access isnt perfect. The paths that take you around to enjoy a centuries worth of amazing old cars, tools, and the lumber and mining operations are a bit steep in places but provided it isnt muddy, are fine for exploring in a power chair or scooter. In a manual chair, it’s doable by someone with well above average strength, but for most, bring someone to push you up, and apply brakes on the way down. And while I didnt check, I’d bet money the bathrooms arent quite ADA standard.

On to the good stuff……

You could easily poke around here for a day. Don, the owner has collected amazing vehicles. And its a huge bonus that most of the vehicles are outside and in the environment. The photos explain why.

Take a moment to meet Don. He’ll be at work tending the lumber mill, or the farm animals, or working on one of his amazing beauties. Or maybe taking the Harley for a spin, but whatever it is, he’s a piece of Arizona history for sure.

Here’s an overview of a small portion of the place we didnt even get to explore as it got late.
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Meet the proprietor, Don. An hour with this guy will wear you out. He works like he’s 45 years old.
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Once past the charming gift store this is what you encounter.
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town
Probably not all of them, but many of the vehicles will start up and run.
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Removing the color seems pretty natural here, but as you can also see, the green vegetation and rust covered metal also looks perfect.
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Rumor has is, Don still drives this beauty quite often.
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

I’m not sure this is legal in Arizona
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Vintage clothes washer
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town
All the buildings are lined with rusting artifacts of Arizona’s early industrial years.
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town
So here marks AA’s first ghost town. Corbin (the ‘ass’ kisser shown above) and I are going to explore further ghost towns in the future. So get some thorn-proof tires and come along.


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