Vulture City

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Exploring the ghost town of the Vulture City Mine near Wickenburg, Arizona:

Vulture Roose sign


A month back, we headed up to Phoenix & decided to take a detour to Wickenburg.  We had heard there was a pretty cool ghost town. Unfortunately we arrived a little too late (they closed at 2 PM) & without enough cash (no debit / credit access) so we had to continue on to our original errand.  After watching the Vulture Mine episode on Ghost Adventures, we decided it was probably worth another attempt.

We headed up earlier and arrived to find that since airing on Ghost Adventures, the Vulture City Mine tour extended their hours to 3 PM & hiked up their fee from $7 to $10.  Ahhh capitalism. =)

Here are the photos & a little background on the town:

Historic Mine sign in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

In 1863, Henry Wickenburg founded Vulture City Gold Mine.  Here was his first house (smaller than our bedroom).

Henry Wickenburg's First House in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Vulture City was one of the most successful gold mines in the US until it was shut down in the 40′s.  It went from a town of 5,000 to a ghost town virtually overnight.

Unlike Bisbee, it really is a ghost town.  There aren’t any residents, the “care takers” are only there during tourist hours & there isn’t any electricity.  Supposedly there’s quite a few resident ghosts as well…

Donkey in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
Actually, I think this guy might be the town’s official resident….

The Glory Hole (which collapsed) was unfortunately off limits.

Glory hole in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Glory hole in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Gold Panning sign in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
Uh, spelling wasn’t big back then.

Ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Off limits building in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
The first intact building is off limits.  Probably for a good reason because when we peeked inside, a lot of the floor had given way & looked like it would completely give way any minute.


The explorers.

Assay office in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
This assay office is where they checked the purity of the gold.

Bullion storage sign in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Interior Panorama of building in Vulture City ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ, Arizona
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Extremely dilapitated building in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ

Bed Spring in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ
Do you think that was a Sealy memory foam?

Extremely dilapidated building in ghost town of Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ
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18 unlucky people found themselves hanging on the wrong end of the noose at the Hanging Tree, which was right next to Henry Wickenburg’s first house.

Hanging tree in ghost town of Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ

Hanging tree sign in ghost town of Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ

There were 2 buildings in which it looked like they had tried to restore the town in the 40′s.  Here is one of the buildings:

Kitchen of building in ghost town of Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona
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Hutch in ghost town of Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ

Left over items in ghost town of Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ
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Close up of some of the items on the shelves:

rested pan in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

pump spray in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
Spraying thing. Not sure what it would be used for…

grater in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

cups in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

strainers in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

bishop's peanut butter in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

sweeto waffle syrup in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

penetrating oil in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

emblem in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

65% of the things we saw…  we weren’t sure what they were.  Like this….  cart?  Trolley?  Horse trough?

trolley in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

belt in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Kennedy Gearless Crusher in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

chains in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

old bed spring in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

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building in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona, AZ

panorama of flour - powder room in ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona AZ
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panorama of building ghost town at Vulture City Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona AZ
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shakers in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

rusted screws in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

rusted wheel in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

pipes in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

panorama of vulture city mine, wickenburg, arizona az
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Engine room?

engine room in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

machine in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

jumper in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
From far away, this jumper looked like it was soaked in blood.

ray on engine in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

underwear soaked in oil in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
Underwear soaked in oil.  At least, we hope it’s oil…

machine in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

Vulture City mine ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
A peep down into the mine, which was fenced off (I was laying on top of the fence).

ladder in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

The school house was located away from the rest of the mining buildings.

schoolhouse in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

inside the school house in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona

x tape posted by ghost adventures crew in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
The Ghost Adventures crew must have left this ‘X’ tape from their filming inside the school room.

outhouse in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
Outhouse.

toilet in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
2 toilets side by side… must’ve been slightly awkward.

toilet hole in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
Of course we had to peak inside!

school house in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
This is the other building mentioned earlier that looked like a renovation started but was interrupted.

renovations

broken piano in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona
The piano that’s supposedly haunted. This piano is totally out of commission. In Ghost Adventures, it supposedly played music on its own….


Ugliest face ever.


Playing the haunted piano while copying one of Ghost Adventures screamer trailers (Zak holding his open mouth up to a bright light bulb).

Just outside this building was an open field and a small playground.


A slide that would give you splinters.

on the swing set in Vulture City mining ghost town, Wickenburg, AZ Arizona


Trying to convince the seesaw wouldn’t break in half if he hopped on.


“Look Gypsy, it’s going to break….”


Compromise


Address 36610 N 355th Ave., Between milepost 15 and 14 on Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg, AZ 85358
Website www.ci.wickenburg.az.us/index.aspx?nid=541
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Hours
  • No set hours but last we checked, they stayed open until 3 PM
FEES $7-$10 (Cash Only)
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