Goldfield Ghost Town
See Gun Fights and a Wild West Town!
Recommended by: Phoenix's The New Times as a "Best Places to Take Children."
Wow! There is stuff from a hundred years ago here and it's like we went back in time! There are guys who go out in the street and act out gun fights like they did a long time ago. There are lots of horses pulling wagons and stuff so you really see what it is like to have lived back then.
Even though Goldfield Ghost Town is just a short trip east of Phoenix, upon arrival you will feel as if you have traveled back in time to the Wild, Wild West! Situated in the heart of the Superstition Mountains, just off the Apache Trail, Goldfield has a rich history dating back to the mid-1800s when the first miners arrived and began searching for the famous "Lost Dutchman's" mine. The original Goldfield township, an area of around 10 acres, quickly grew into a bustling town of nearly 1500 residents by the late 1800s. Though the town began to falter once the established mines began to dry up, it still remained an intriguing mystery for those who would not give up on the Legend of the Lost Dutchman. This intrigue is still a part of what draws people to Goldfield today.
Upon arrival at Goldfield Ghost Town, go ahead and start your adventure with a walk down Main Street. Take your time perusing the many shops and historic buildings, or stop for a moment to watch the famous Goldfield Gunfighters reenact one of the many gun fights that defined the Old West. As you meander down Main Street, swing by the Mammoth Saloon and enjoy an icy cold sarsaparilla or adult beverage from the full bar. If you're up to the challenge, stop in at the Giddy Up Gourmet to taste test their hot sauces and salsas using the spiciest chilies in the West!
Within the Goldfield Ghost Town, there are a number of interesting attractions to explore for nominal admission fees. Take a one and a half mile scenic ride on the Superstition Railway circling the town, visit the Mystery Shack to play the strangest game of pool where your balls always go into the same holes, or even go panning for gold at the Prospector's Palace! For a historical take on Goldfield, plan on spending an hour or two exploring the Goldfield Historic Museum and Lulu's Bordello to learn more about the town and occupants of days gone by. Finally, before you say goodbye to Goldfield, make sure you browse the Mother Lode Mercantile for a special souvenir or pop into the Time After Time Antique Photo Studio to capture the memories forever.
Goldfield Ghost Town, 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Road, Goldfield, Arizona 85219
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Did you know that Goldfield was the location for many old western movies? If you visit the Goldfield Historic Museum the entire second floor is dedicated to movie artifacts! It was really neat!
Mom Note: If visiting Lulu's Bordello, let them know if children are present so they can tailor the tour to appeal to a younger age. The children's tour is designed so that today's children can see what it was like living as a child in the 1800s.
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