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ghost towns.com
4x4 Basics
Az. Dept of Mines
Az. Pioneer Cemetery Research Project

Other resources

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

Printable Directions    click on images to enlarge    Mine Statistics   

mill foundation This trip can be a continuation of the San Domingo Wash trip. Instead of turning left out of San Domingo Wash at mile 9.1. You take a right. Or it can be taken as a seperate trip which is they way it will be described here. This trip is the back way into Monarch Wash. The main road in is off on constelation road.

The Great Southern Mine is where you are headed. I am told that it is also called The Purple Passion Mine. There is a good size foundation of what I believe was a mill and a little further up the wash there is a covered shaft, an uncoverd shaft and a round, about 12 ft high, water tank full of water.

Take 1-17 north to Carefree Highway (ST. Route 74). Take a left and follow the road for about 30 miles. About .8tenths of a mile past mile marker 2 turn right onto Castle Hot Springs Rd. Cross over the cattle guard and set your trip meter to 0.00.

2.5 miles Turn Left
5.9 miles Drop into San Domingo Wash N 33* 55' 95" W 112* 36' 70"and take The road across the wash.
6.1 miles Stay Left
6.5 miles Drop into wash, go right or up the wash
6.8 miles Turn Left out of the wash
9.0 miles Come to a wash with a tree on the left in the middle of the wash. N 33* 57' 99" w 112* 37" 19" continue straignt
11.1 miles Turn right, almost a u-turn. purplepassion
12.1 miles Windmill on the right.
13.0 miles Drop into wash, turn left.
14.0 miles Road on the right, stay in wash, will take that road on the way back.
14.1 miles Mill foundation on the left.
N 33* 59" 96" W 112* 36" 19"

Further up the wash is another mine area. There are 2 shafts in the area. One is covered with a door. Another one is surrounded by a fence. There is also a round cement water tank about 10 feet high. The road continues on up the wash where it eventually turns into a road that goes back to some more digs. I do not know where it ends. Reset you trip meter to 0.00 in front of the foundation and head down the wash. I will take you to a few more mines and another mill foundation.

.2 miles Turn Left minearea
.3 miles The road on the left will take you up on to a ridge
1.1 miles Turn Left
1.2miles Continue across the wash.
1.3 miles Road on the right will take you back to San Domingo Wash. But there is one bad section requiring a lifted vehicle.
1.6 miles Foundation and shaft on the left. Look for the hidden tunnel on the right.
N 33* 59" 15" W 112* 35' 70"

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