This past Sunday, my family and I decided to take an impromptu trip. Out came the camera’s and off we went. Our wonder lust took us to the picturesque Ghost Town of Goldfield. Its appearance is so authentic you feel you have broken through a time warp and stepped into the 1890's. We found this treasure tucked away in a rural area not far from home.

The town of Goldfield was settled in 1892, when a low grade of gold ore was found between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mounts. By October of 1893, gold fever was running high and the tiny town began to flourish. Adding to the growth was the legend of the Lost Dutchmen’s Goldmine. Unfortunately, the gold fever ended and the town collapsed. Nevertheless, just like the Phoenix, Goldfield was destined to rise again…

In 1966, a ghost town enthusiast by the name of Robert F. “Bob” Schoose visited the Superstition Mountains. He fell in love with the area (who wouldn’t) and moved to Mesa, AZ in 1970. Bob always wanted to own a ghost town and with this move, his dream turn into a reality. He reconstructed the town of Goldfield, one building at a time, on a five-acre site where the old Goldfield Mill once stood. Today, Goldfield is once again a booming little community.

You are free to wander down the boardwalks through town or explore the surrounding property by horseback, horse drawn carriage or rail car. We choose to stroll around the historic little town and put our digital cameras to work. Between the three of us, we took over 800 pictures!

Goldfield provides most of the conveniences you need for the days visit.

The Mother Lode Mercantile will tease your senses with its aroma of fresh popped corn filling the air; it will be a struggle not to go inside. If you do, you will find a nice variety of candy, homemade fudge, soft drinks and treasures both old and new.

A little further up the street is the Coffee Cantina & Bakery---to tempt your pallet they have a variety of soft drinks, coffee (even Latte’s) and bakery treats. My personal favorite is a baked tortilla roll, filled with apple pie filling, and finished with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar—Yum-yum!

If you’re felling ravenous, head for the Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon and try their 8oz Giant Mammoth Burger topped with pepper jack cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms. All meals include a hefty order of french fries and a veggie. If you still have room for dessert, try the Hot Apple Dumpling smothered with Vanilla Ice Cream.

I mention these locations because I can personally give you my official taste bud validation. The other eateries, along our walk through town, were jam-packed. That usually suggests more “good fixins” await you.

There is a verity of old west attractions just waiting for you. If it’s the thrill of a horseback ride you want mosey on over to Goldfield Livery Stable and ride the trails with real cowboys and gentle steeds.

If riding the trail isn't your bottle of sarsaparilla then head on over to the Apache Trail Tours. You can enjoy a jeep trip through the alluring beauty of the mighty canyons and jagged mountain peaks of the Arizona desert.

Have you ever wanted to pan for gold? Visit Gold Panning at Prospector’s Place. They will teach you the original and long-standing panning techniques. Watch out though, gold fever may overpower you.

Ladies, hold on to your men, the town flaunts Lu Lu’s Bordello---need I say more? Don’t worry if your man slips he can make amends at the Church on the Mount . This beautiful old-fashioned building sits at the top of the hill overlooking the town.

Several times a day a Wild West shoot out occurs in the main area of town. The performers are great fun to watch and interact with the crowd. Have a question---just walk right up to any one of them and say, “howdy pardner,” and enjoy a real cowboys style of conversation.

Oh, I almost forgot, they say the “ghost’ in ghost town describes another possible encounter during your visit. Just a little added feature to heighten your experience. I was hoping there would be a surprise for me in at least one of my pictures. Much to my dismay, not a one of them posed for me; maybe next time.

On your next visit to the southwest, be sure to stop at Goldfields for a real western “ghost town” experience. As always, dress for the weather and wear shoes that support a lot of walking. Keep in mind there are a few sharp but manageable inclines.

Goldfield Ghost Town

Entrance Fee: FREE

4650 N. Mammoth Mine Road

Goldfield, Arizona 85219


Location-4.5 miles N/E of Apache Junction, Arizona

on the historic Apache Trail

Open Daily 10:00AM - 5:00PM/Saloon Open Daily 10:00AM - 8:00PM 

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

Granny, I think you will find it a lot of fun and they have great food and pastries to enjoy too...I plan to take my grandson's on their next visit....

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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Goldfield sounds great. I can't wait to go.

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

Cheers Tony and it would be a delight to find you at Goldfield! We could sit down and chat over a very nice lunch or dinner...Thanks for the comment...

Cheers and Blessings!

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I enjoyed my trip to Goldfield - thank you! That steakhouse sounds mighty fine, maybe you'll find me there!

Love and peace


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

Nevada, thanks for your comment and visiting my hub. I love visiting “ghost towns” and was pleased to know that someone cared enough to keep the “spirit” of it all alive. This is quite an entertaining place to visit so if you pass through Arizona be sure to stop by Goldfield Ghost Town…

Cheers & Blessings! :o)

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Nevada Logan 6 years ago from USA

What a great hub. Thanks for sharing this. My friend and I used to kid about buying a ghost town and now I see someone has actually done it! That is great!

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA Author

@mulberry1, This is a fun place to visit with an added bonus; a great view of the Superstition Mountains. If you are ever in AZ be sure to schedule a stop at the Goldfield Ghost Town ...

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mulberry1 6 years ago

Sounds like an interesting place, I think we visited a small ghost town in Arizona several years ago but I don't recall the name of it. Great photos!

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Tony, thanks for joining me on this trip back in time...Always appreciate your comments.

Love & Peace 2 U!

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

In South Africa we have a little town called Pilgrim's Rest which is an old gold mining town from the late 19th Century full of quaint old buildings. Sounds a bit like Goldfield though there is no Lulu's Bordello!

Thanks for sharing this interesting trip back in time!

Love and peace


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

LadyE, thanks for your nice comment and suggestions. Yes, I was close to the horse---within arm’s length! However, he was gentle and I love horses so there was no fear his part or mine, there just caution.

In regard to my photography, I usually give my pictures away to friends as gifts at Christmas, I choose my favorite photo and make a laminated yearly calendar (picture centered and 12 months surround it) so they can keep it on their desk.

I have been published several times and one picture I submitted to a magazine was selected for their cover. Lately though, I have not had time to write or do my photography due to personal time constraints. However, I will be getting back to both by year’s end---if not before…

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

I'm sure you have beautiful memories of this. The pics are lovely. Hope you weren't standing to close to the horse. Lol.

I visited your blog today and read the article on Health Reform - Aug 09. I didn't find any more articles. Will check again, maybe it's me.

I love your passion for photography and you take lovely photos. Have you considered selecting your favourite ones and making them into a calender for friends and family or like a mini-desk calender? - i.e one photo for one month, with maybe your favourtie motivational/inspirational quote. Just a thought. Regards. :)

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

DeBorrah, thanks for visiting and the nice comment...I kept my camera quite busy with so much to see and enjoy.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Nancy's Niche,

Great hub!

Nice photos they really do take you back in time...

Thank You for sharing!


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Quicksnad, it would be so much fun to time travel and use photography to document the visit---if only…..Thanks for stopping by and for your fascinating idea…

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quicksand 7 years ago

How would you like to physically go back to the past, take photographs and get back to the present? You could borrow my time machine!

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Thanks and it is a fun spot for all.

Dolores, this is a very interesting place to visit and fun for all...Thanks for the comment and time spent reviewing this hub page...

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Nice pictures, Nancy, looks like a fun spot for the kiddies. Nice pix.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for visiting my site---photography is my passion...

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Lgali 7 years ago

nice photo

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