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Gold Bar Mine is the 4th and final stop along constellation rd. There are 3 sections to see. The head frame and the buildings around it. A little farther north is the foundation of the mill and some tanks still standing and a few collapsed ones. Finally you drop into O'brien's wash where there are 3 buildings still standing. The biggest one is 2 stories and use to be the assay office. Where there is a lot of core samples lying around on the floor.
The mine was discovered about 1888 by a James Mahoney who interested a F.X.O'Brien to go in with him who later bought out Mahoney and the mine became know as the O'Brien Mine. Later the property was organized as the Interior Mining and Trust Co. on a much larger scale. They in turn were reorganized as the Gold Bar Mining Co. According to a 1934 report the property has been idle for about 20 years. From what I can gather there has not been a major effort here since then.
Take 1-17 north to Carefree Highway (ST. Route 74). Take a left and follow the road till it ends. Take a right onto Grand Ave (ST.route 93). Turn right on El Recreo rd. which will turn into Constellation rd. Set your trip meter to 0.00 as soon as your turn onto El Recreo rd.
After you are finished visiting these areas continue along the road for a short distance to drop into O'Brien's wash and to the right you will see several buildings, one being the old assay office. You can go left down the wash to reach the Hassayampa river. But you will have to get permission to go through the Williams ranch.
Domingo Wash | Monarch Wash | Columbia
| Humbug | 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 |