San Domingo Wash
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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


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Shack This section of humbug creek where you are going is about a mile south of Columbia. It is located in T8N R1E section19 SE quadrant on the Columbia topo map. Use map datum WGS84 on your GPS receiver.

This trip should be combined with the Tule creek trip. You have to use the same roads to get to each place for most of the trip.

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.

The last time I tired to get here (08) I was unable to drive down the wash. To many boulders in the wash for my vehicle. An ATV or an extreme 4Wheeler might be able to make it.

The following quote is from Glenn Haase, who use to live here.


"The rock house on humbug creek, along with the root cellar built into the mountin beside it, the wooden garage, and the "lovely" 3-holer outhouse, were all built my my father in the late 60's, early 70's. That was the "El charco millsite". The corral where I kept my horses as a kid is across the creek, and a couple hundred feet north of the house. I was not pleased to see directions to my ancestral home online when I first found them years ago, but the Bradshaws have a way of trimming down weekend warriors, and the traffic up there has slowed down."

I have taken out the directions in respect for Mr Haase. You can still discover this unique area with a little bit of exploring on your own.

Shack The buildings here as with the ones at tule creek are not on the topo map. There are 5 buildings here including a main house and a 3 hole outhouse. There is no mine that I could find. But there is a lot of digging into the side of the hill and the creek banks.

If you take the right, which is a rough road going up the hill, it will eventually take you over to Columbia. But you have to go through 2 closed gates that say keep out to get there. Along the way there is a road that leads down to Tule creek up stream from the riparian area. You will also come across an area that has a foundation and part of a stone wall house in the creek bed.

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