Remains of Gleeson
|Named for||John Gleeson|
|Elevation||4,924 ft (1,501 m)|
|Time zone||MST (no DST) (UTC-7)|
|- Opened||October 22, 1890|
|- Closed||September 17, 1894|
|- Opened||October 15, 1900|
|- Closed||March 31, 1939|
Gleeson is a ghost town southeastern Arizona's Cochise County. The town was first settled as Turquoise in the 1870s in what was then the Arizona Territory, then later re-established as Gleeson in 1900.
The area was initially settled as a mining camp called Turquoise after the mineral which had been mined by Native Americans in the area. The Turquoise post office was established on October 22, 1890, and lasted only a few years until September 17, 1894. When local miner John Gleeson registered a copper claim and opened the Copper Belle Mine, the town of Gleeson was created just downhill from the old site of Turquoise. Silver Bill, Pejon and Defiance were some of the other mines that followed in the surrounding areas.
In 1912 a fire consumed 28 buildings and the town was rebuilt.
Though several families still live on the site, Gleeson is, by all measures, a ghost town, with the only commercial venture appearing to be a rattlesnake products store. Visitors can find the ruins of a hospital, a saloon, a jail, the foundation of the village school and evidence of the extensive mining in the surrounding hills near town. The Gleeson cemetery is west of the town on the road to Tombstone.
The Arizona Republic newspaper published an article on the town on January 12, 2014 stating that the jail has been renovated and now is a museum. (http://www.azcentral.com/travel/articles/20140111arizona-ghost-towns-appeal.html#protected)
The Gleeson Jail upon completion in 1910.
- Sherman, James E.; Barbara H. Sherman (1969). Ghost Towns of Arizona. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0806108436. ISBN 9780806108438.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gleeson
- "Turquoise District (Courtland-Gleeson District), Dragoon Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA". MineDat.org. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
- Sherman, James E.; Barbara H. Sherman (1969). "Gleeson". Ghost Towns of Arizona (First ed.). University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 62–63. ISBN 0-8061-0843-6.
- "The Ghost Town Trail - Gleeson, Courtland and Pearce". LegendsofAmerica.com. April 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
- Gleeson, Arizona provides pictures, maps and historic information about Gleeson Ghost Town.
- Ghost Town of the Month entry for Gleeson: recent photos and visitor information.
- GleesonArizona.com Site dedicated to Gleeson information and history.