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Monte Cristo is the 2nd stop along Constellation Road. It has a metal head frame, a wheel house and a big shed below the head frame still standing. There is also several collapsed buildings in the area. Besides the obvious mine shaft at the head frame, there is an adit below the wheel house which is concealed by brush.
The mine was first discovered by a couple of Mexican prospectors, just befor the turn of the century, who worked it for a couple of years before being run off by some claim jumpers saying that "furriners" were not allowed to own or work mining claims. But the Mexicans did such a good job of hiding the entrance that the claim jumpers had nothing to show for their their misdeeds.
The person who eventualy ended up owning the mine, Ezra Thayer of Phoenix, was quoted as saying he considered his money safer in the ground than in a bank. He spent a good deal of money blocking off the ore desposits instead of mining them.
He finally sold the mine in 1926. It has been worked off and on since then and there is believed to still be good deposits of gold and silver bearing ore still down there.
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
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 |