Constellation RoadFirst Stop
Black Rock Mine
Ghost Towns of Arizona by James and Barbara Sherman U. of Oklahoma Press
Arizona's best Ghost Towns by Philip Varney Northland Press
Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Campsby Philip Varney Arizona Highways
Columbia Arizona by Neal Dushane, self published
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Columbia is located on Humbug creek about 25 miles west of Wickenbug and downstream from Humbug and north of Lake Pleasant. It is located on the Columbia 7-1/2" topographic map. It is about a 15 mile or so round trip depending if you go on to Humbug. Across Humbug creek is Gold Hill.
A Post Office was established there in Sept of 1894 and was discountinued in July of 1915. Reportedly only about $50,000 worth of gold was produced in the Humburg-Columbia area.There is now several"modern building" in the area and from the looks of the equipment lying around, has recently been worked. But when I last visited it there was no one living there. But that may change, so be careful if you visit.
Take I-17 north to Carefree Highway. Go west on State Route 74. Take a right after mile marker 19 onto Castle Hot Springs Road into Lake Pleasant regional Park. The road will intersect about 3 miles. Turn left. Set your trip meter to 0.00 when the dirt road starts.
Once you arrive there is plenty to see here. You can drive up the creek, although you will need a high clearance vehicle. There is a stone building on the right. Farther on you will come across a boiler, living area and a foundation of a mill above the creek on the right.
Going down the creek, there is a road going up the hill on the righ side of the creek. Stop at the top and there is another stone building if you walk toward the creek. It is well overgrown with brush so it might be difficult to find.
If you follow the road across the creek and up the other side, there is some equipment up there and the road will eventually take you over the mountains and to the road to Tip Top. It is a rough road near the top so be prepared.
San Domingo Wash |
Monarch Wash |
Tip Top |
Beyond Tiptop |
Tule Creek |
Humbug Creek |
North of Cleator |
NW of Cleator |
South of Cleator |
First Stop |
Monte Cristo |
Third Stop |
Gold Bar | |
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