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Vulture Ghost Mine

The Vulture Gold Mine was discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg; it was one of the richest gold mines in Arizona, possibly yielding as much as $40 million in gold. Active mining continued off and on for nearly 80 years, before being shut down in 1942.

By 1880, the Vulture had 60-80 stamps crushing its ore, an assay office, blacksmith shop, a half dozen boarding houses, carpenter shop, cookhouse/mess hall, laundry, offices, saloons, stores, and warehouses. A school was added to educate the children of the 300 or more miners. Over 40 cabins housed the families, and Vulture City was a self-contained small town. Population estimates of the mining town range from 500 to 5000.

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Old sink
Old sink
Several of the mine buildings
Several of the mine buildings
Old gauge
Old gauge
The kitchen
The kitchen
Rocker
Rocker
Through the window
Through the window
Kiln
Kiln
Old mining building
Old mining building
Ladder
Ladder
Stamp mill
Stamp mill
Bed springs
Bed springs
Equipment panel
Equipment panel
Dangerous
Dangerous
Oven
Oven
Parts
Parts
A few of the remaining buildings
A few of the remaining buildings
Electric pole no more
Electric pole no more
Old building
Old building
Machinery
Machinery
Chair
Chair
Spring
Spring
Old switch panel
Old switch panel
Machine shop
Machine shop
Stone building
Stone building