List of historic properties in Goldfield, Arizona

This is a list of historic properties in the mining town of Goldfield, Arizona. The town was originally known as Goldfield, it was later renamed Youngberg and once again was named Goldfield by the current owners.[1] The list includes a photographic gallery of some of the town's historic structures which were either restored or rebuilt. The town was founded in 1893, after the discovery of gold in the surrounding area of the Superstition Mountains. The town was abandoned twice by its residents, after the mine veins faulted. The land where the town is located was purchased by a private investor and is now a tourist attraction. Goldfield's Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad is the only 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge railroad in operation in Arizona. Other attractions include re-enactments of gunfights on the Main Street of the town.

List of historic properties
in Goldfield, Arizona
Goldfield with the Superstition Mountains in the background
Goldfield with the Superstition Mountains in the background
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Graves of Collins Rowes Hakes (1837–1916) and his wife Mabel Ana Morse Hakes (1840–1909)

Brief historyEdit

Collin Hakes, Riley Morse and Orlando and Orin Merrill were the first to discover gold in the Goldfield area of the Superstition Mountains.[2] Soon thereafter, prospectors came to the area in search of gold. In 1893, the mining town, which became known as Goldfield, was founded next to the Superstition Mountain in what was then the Arizona Territory. The town, in its heyday, reached a population of about 4000 residents. It had a hotel, general store, post office, church and school.[3] The Goldfield Post Office was established on October 7, 1893.[4] When the mine vein faulted in 1897, the grade of ore dropped leaving the miners without a job. The town began to suffer since its economy depended heavily on the earnings of the miners who moved out. It was not long before the rest of the towns residents relocated to other areas leaving Goldfield a ghost town.[5] The Goldfield post office was discontinued on November 2, 1898.[4][6]

In 1910, several mines were opened nearby with the installation of a mill and cyanide plant. A small community called Youngberg evolved around the ghost town. The town was named after George U. Young, secretary of Arizona and acting governor at the time. Young was interested in the development of the mining industry of the area. He became President and general manager of the Madizelle Mining Company and Young Mines Company, Ltd.[7] However, the mines faulted again and by 1926, the town was once again deserted.[4][5]

Robert F. "Bob” Schoose was born in River Grove, Illinois and moved to California with his family at a young age. He heard of the old site of Goldfield and moved to the town of Mesa, Arizona. In 1984, Schoose and his wife Lou Ann, purchased the location of the Goldfield Mill and decided to rebuild and restore the buildings of the old town with the help of various friends whose names are inscribed in a plaque on the tower which leads to the town.[8] Schoose incorporated the town as the "GOLDFIELD, GHOST TOWN AND MINE TOURS, INC." He serves as President, his wife as Secretary/Treasurer and Jay Zingler as Vice-President.[9]

The town and its historic buildings were revived as a tourist attraction. The town has the only 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad in operation in Arizona. It also has numerous shops and buildings which include a brothel, bakery, leather works, a jail, livery, and more. Also, pictured is an 1890 Porter 0-4-0 narrow gauge steam engine which once was used in the gold mines of Goldfield. The Main Street of the town features an reenactment of a western shootout whose picture gallery is also included. The town is located at 4650 N, Mammoth Mine Road within the jurisdiction of Apache Junction, Arizona.[8]

Historic structures picturesEdit

Among the historic structures and artifacts pictured are the following:

 
1893 Goldfield Arizona Territory plaque
  • The 19th-century "Tower" used in the Goldfield mine.
  • The 19th-century Goldfield Railroad Station.
  • The only 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge railroad in operation in Arizona.
  • A 1890 Porter 0-4-0 once used in the gold mines of Goldfield.
  • The Bordello (Brothel).
  • The Barn/Stable.
  • An abandoned Spanish style house.
  • The Livery.
  • The Goldfield Museum.
  • The Post Office.
  • The 19th-century Mercantile building.
  • The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon.
  • The Goldfield Church at the Mount.
  • The Church at the Mount Sunday School, Nursery and Fellowship Hall.
  • The Water tank.
  • The Cantina/Bakery.

Historic structuresEdit

The following photographs are of some of the historic structures in Goldfield.

Goldfield Gunfighters reenactmentEdit

The following photographs are of a gunfight reenactment by the Goldfield Gunfighters in Youngfield.

Further readingEdit

  • "Hiking Arizona's Superstition and Mazatzal Country: A Guide to the Areas' Greatest Hikes (Regional Hiking Series)"; by: Bruce Grubbs; Publisher: Falcon Guides; ASIN: B00OMV5KSK.
  • "Southwest Treasure Hunter's Gem & Mineral Guide, 5th Edition: Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals"; by: Kathy J. Rygle and Stephen F. Pedersen; Publisher: GemStone Press; 5 edition; ASIN: B0053YS70I.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roadside America
  2. ^ City of Mesa Cemetery
  3. ^ Marshall, John (October 19, 2014). "Ghost Towns". The Post Crescent. Associated Press. p. F2.
  4. ^ a b c Granger, Byrd H., Arizona's Names (X Marks the Place). Tucson: The Falconer Publishing Company, 1983. p.692
  5. ^ a b Granger, Byrd H., Arizona's Names (X Marks the Place). Tucson: The Falconer Publishing Company, 1983. p.691
  6. ^ "Pinal County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  7. ^ Goff 1988, p. 73.
  8. ^ a b Legends of America
  9. ^ Arizona Corporation Commission

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