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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This trip is roughly 30 miles long from St. Route 74 and Castle Hot Springs Road. The Red Piachio topo map is the only map you will need. The 2 main areas of interest are the Independence mine area located at T8N R3W section 36 NE Quadrant, and the Andersen Mill located at T7N R3W section 10 lower middle. But there is plenty more to see.
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.
Follow the road up till you reach a locked gate. Take a left, almost a u-turn,
go around the hill. follow the road until you reach the buildings. Contiuning on
you will come across some settling ponds. Continue on the
road past the now collapsed entrance to the mine. N 33* 59' 50.4" W 112* 31' 13.8".
Around the hill you will have some great views of the Bradshaws and their foot hills.
There is plenty to see and explore here. The first time I came across
this place the houses now bulldozed were standing and vacant. The second
time I came by there was someone living in the houses. Last Spring(02),
I came by again and the houses were bulldozed with the remains scattered
all over the place. In Dec 02 the area had been cleaned up and all the
debris and vehicles had been hauled off. Is the Mill next?
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 |
Black Rock Mine |
Gold Bar |
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