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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Humbug which is north of Columbia lies on Humbug creek. It is one of the best preserved Ghosttowns around. At the present time access is denied to vehicles. There is a locked gate across the road. I walked from there about a 1/2 mile to the town site. There was no caretaker around that I was aware of. The next time I visited I could see smoke rising from one the buildings and elected not to go down.
Gold was discovered in the 1870's in the creek. A town sprung up along the creek bed and a Post Office was established at Columbia in 1894 to serve both towns. It was discontinued in 1915. The area was worked off and on until 1932 when Humbug Gold Mines took over and made a serious attempt at mining with over 100 people populating the towns. The operation was shut down during WW2 and not much has happened at Humbug since then.
Take I-17 north to Carefree Highway. Go west on State Route 74. Take a right after mile marker 19 onto Castle Hot Springs Rd into Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The road will end at a T intersection about 3 miles. Turn left. Set your trip meter to 0.00 when the dirt road starts.
As mentioned before you can drive only so far. You will need to walk down to Humbug. There maybe another alternative. On the gate there is a telephone # for access 480-899-7317. I have not called this number, already having visited the site.
The road that you walk down to Humbug continues on past Humbug. There are some shacks and what appears to be an old chicken coop. I walked it for about 1/2 mile. It follows and goes through the creek I gave up after realizing I would be unable to drive it even if I could find out where it came out. The road was that bad.
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 |
Gold Bar |
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