Castle Dome City (Ghost Town)

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Last weekend called for a mini-vacation to beautiful San Diego and on the way there, we made a stop at the Castle Dome City/Landing Ghost Town just outside of Yuma. (Post is extremely picture heavy)

Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

Castle Dome is isolated enough that it stays off the radar for most people. Getting there requires traversing a dirt road, which was passable for my little sedan. After 10-ish miles of wondering if we were going the right way, we arrived at the once-thriving ghost town nestled near the base of mountains.

Castle Dome dates back to the 1860′s, however, mining has been there longer than that. The mines date back to the 1660′s when the conquistadors worked the mines however, hostilities in the area led them to abandon the mines. The mines were rediscovered 200 years later and by the 1880′s, the population reached over 3,000. The mines continued to operate until 1979, giving it the claim to fame that they were the longest working mines in Arizona.

Today, Castle Dome is split into two sections: the ghost town & the mining district. The ghost town is a conglomeration of buildings packed to the brim with period artifacts –about 70% were originally from Castle Dome. The amount of artifacts on display is overwhelming, thousands of artifacts that were abandoned –including the oldest pair of Levi’s supposedly now worth $40,000. From the state of them, it looks like the conquistadors left them behind!! Most of the buildings in the ghost town are not in their original site, rather they’ve been moved to replicate what a ghost town would have looked like. The other section of Castle Dome, the mining district, consists of a 3-mile loop in which you can view the original mines, graves, and several buildings.

Established 1864 sign, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

Rusted car, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
This is one section, the ghost town.

Cabin, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Adam’s cabin: he was the last miner to live and mine in Castle Dome.

old bottles, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

miner cabin, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Mr. Adam’s possessions… and Mr. Adams himself! Alive and smiling….

mine shaft, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
A peek into one of the smaller mines, 16 feet deep. There are over 300 major mines around Castle Dome.

plate setting, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

Empty bottles, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

teacher student chalkboard desks schoolhouse Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Schoolhouse

school interior, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

gear, lamp, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

barbershop, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Barbershop

military signature wall, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

missile, military, canteen, bullets, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
During both world wars, the mine prospered when they produced lead for the ammunition factories. During WWII, miners extracted 4.08 million kilograms (9 million pounds) of lead ore, making Castle Dome a huge wartime producer.

military signature wall, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
This entire building has signatures all over the wall. Each signature is for or from an active duty/veteran/retiree of the military.

engine, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

entrance to mine, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Mine we were allowed to enter.

inside the mine, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
*ehem* This is what I wear for mining….

inside the mine, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

interior of building, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

old, wood burning stove, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

clothes, apparel, women's dresses, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

saloon, bar, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
There were quite a few saloons in this town… surprise, surprise.

Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

old, rusted stove, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
This looks like the result of when husband tries to use the oven….

Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

gas station, body shop, auto, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Gas AND cafe, great combination!

auto body shop, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

mine cart, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

canned food groceries in mercantile store, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

gold bars in a safe, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Silver bricks. Castle Dome houses the world’s largest silver brick, weighing in at 114 kilograms.

old rusted cash register, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

mercantile grocery store, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Mercantile store

church, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Quaint little chapel, which I have read still hosts weddings.

church pews, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

sheriff, tomb, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Jail: don’t worry, he’s not okay.

sheriff rifles, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

running water, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

hotel, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Hotel

gambling cards saloon, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
I smell a cheat! Or maybe that’s just gas…

old sewing machine, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

traspassers fake grave, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
This is what happens to trespassers.

Castle Dome Mine District Map, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
A 3-mile loop through the mine district.

Bunk house, beds, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Someone is still bunking at Johnny’s Bunkhouse!

bathtub bathroom, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Baths were probably as precious a commodity as silver.

shower, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Shower room

Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

dangerous gambling saloon, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
I found a new man! Sorry husband!

interior, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining
Doctor’s quarters

doctor's house, Castle Dome City Landing Ghost Town, Yuma, AZ, Arizona, abandoned, mining

Castle Dome City/Landing Ghost Town
Coordinates 27550 East County 15th Street North Sr4
Yuma, AZ
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Hours Daily, 10 AM – 5 PM
Fees $10/person
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