List of ghost towns in Arizona
This is a partial list of ghost towns in Arizona in the United States of America. Most ghost towns in Arizona are former mining boomtowns that were abandoned when the mines closed. Those that weren't set up as mining camps were usually established as locations for mills, or supply points for nearby mining operations.
Ghost towns can include sites in various states of disrepair and abandonment. Some sites no longer have any trace of buildings or civilization and have reverted to empty land. Other sites are unpopulated but still have standing buildings. Still others may support full-time residents, though usually far less than at their historical peak, while others may now be museums or historical sites.
For ease of reference, the sites listed have been placed into one of the following general categories.
- Barren site
- Site is no longer in existence
- Site has been destroyed, covered with water, or reverted to empty land
- May have a few difficult to find foundations/footings at most
- Neglected site
- Little more than rubble remains at the site
- Dilapidated, often roofless buildings remain at the site
- Abandoned site
- Building or houses still standing, but all or almost all are abandoned
- No population, with the possible exception of a caretaker
- Site no longer in use, except for one or two buildings
- Semi-abandoned site
- Buildings or houses still standing, but most are abandoned
- A few residents may remain
- Historic site
- Buildings or houses still standing
- Site has been converted to a historical site, museum, or tourist attraction
- Still a busy community, but population is smaller than its peak years
|Town name||Other name(s)||County||Settled||Abandoned||Current status||Remarks|
|Adamsville||Sanford||Pinal||1866||1920's||Neglected site||Original farming town mostly destroyed in a flood, now farmland. The remnant abandoned by the 1920s. Only its cemetery and some ruins remain.|
|Agua Caliente||Maricopa||1858||Neglected site||Hotel, ruins of a stone house and a swimming pool.|
|Alamo Crossing||Alimo||Mohave||1899||1918||Barren site||Submerged in Alamo Lake.|
|Algert||Coconino||1883||1921||Neglected site||Walls of some of the school buildings, and some of the walls of the trading post are still standing.|
|Allen||Gunsight, Allen City||Pima||c.1880||c.1886||Barren site|
|Alma||Stringtown||Maricopa||1880||Historic site||Mormon settlement now part of Mesa, Arizona.:15|
|Alma||Pinal||1891||1898||Abandoned site||Wooden water tanks, concrete ore chute, and metal ore buckets, etc. as well as a small slag heap remain on the site within private property. A settlement with a post office, 6 miles above Old Camp Grant on the west side of the San Pedro River.:16|
|Alto||Santa Cruz||1907||1933||Neglected Site||Adobe Walls of old Post office and Sign for "Alto Camp". Historic Mining district back to the 18th Century.|
|American Ranch||Lee's Ranch||Yavapai||1863||c.1883||Barren site||A stage stop on Mint Wash in Little Chino Valley on the Hardyville - Prescott Road with a large hotel for travelers.|
|Aubrey Landing||Aubrey||Mohave||c.1860||c.1886||Barren site||A steamboat landing, later inundated when Lake Havasu was formed|
|Aztec||Yuma||1880's||Former railroad station|
|Big Bug||Bigbug, Red Rock||Yavapai||1862||c.1910||Barren site|
|Bonita||Graham||c.1885||1950||Abandoned site||Catered to Fort Grant|
|Boyles||Carpenter||Greenlee||1904||1908||Barren site||Farming and ranching community at the mouth of the Blue River (Arizona)|
|Bradshaw City||Yavapai||c.1860||c.1880||Barren site|
|Brigham City||Navajo||1876||1881||Historic site|
|Bumble Bee||Yavapai||1863||Semi-abandoned site||Privately owned, few residents.|
|Calabasas||Calabazas||Santa Cruz||1866||1913||Abandoned site||Was a Papago Village, Mexican Garrison, Military Base, mining town. The town was the known as the gateway to Mexico and had the finest hotel from San Francisco to Denver.|
|Camp Crittenden||Santa Cruz||1867||1873||Semi Abandoned site||Private Property, named Camp Crittenden by Generals Orders No. 57 Department of California, September 30, 1867, in honor of Thomas S. Crittenden, Col. 32nd U.S. Infantry Major General U.S. Volunteers. Established to protect settlements of Babocomari.|
|Canelo||Santa Cruz||c.1904||Semi Abandoned site||Several historic buildings remain, including a one-room schoolhouse and a United States Forest Service ranger station complex.|
|Cascabel||Cochise||1916||1936||Semi Abandoned site||Several occupied adobes and ruined adobe walls, adjacent to Cascabel Rd.|
|Castle Dome||Yuma||1869||1876||Historic site||Site of the Castle Dome Mines Museum.|
|Castle Dome Landing||Castle Dome City||Yuma||1869||1884||Barren site||A steamboat landing, submerged in Martinez Lake.|
|Charleston||Cochise||1879||1888||Neglected site||Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.|
|Cerro Colorado||Pima||c.1856||c.1911||Neglected Site|
|Clemenceau||Yavapai||1917||Historic site||Now part of Cottonwood, Arizona|
|Colorado City||Yuma||1853||1862||Barren site||Colodrado River ferry crossing, Destroyed by Great Flood of 1862|
|Contention City||Contention||Cochise||1880||1888||Neglected site||Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.|
|Copper Creek||Pinal||1880s||1942||Neglected site|
|Cordes||Antelope Junction||Yavapai||1883||1950s||Semi-abandoned site|
|Courtland||Cochise||1908||1942||Abandoned site||Remains of old Jail and Cemetery|
|Crown King||Yavapai||1894||1954||Historic site||Old Saloon and Many occupied buildings including general store|
|Curtis||Arizona City||Yavapai||1889||1907||Former mining town. Currently the site of a mining operation, just north of Mayer on Big Bug Creek.|
|Dome||Yuma||1892||1904||Neglected site||ruins of an adobe building, cemetery|
|Duquesne||Santa Cruz||1880s||1920s||Semi-abandoned site||Several wood buildings including Westinghouse home|
|Ehrenberg||Mineral City||La Paz||1863||1915||Neglected site||A steamboat landing, Colorado River ferry, junction of the Bradshaw Trail and La Paz - Wikenburg Road|
|Fairbank||Junction City, Kendall, Fairbanks||Cochise||1883||1970s||Abandoned site||Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.|
|Fortuna||Fortuna Mine||Yuma||1896||1924||Neglected site||Foundation of General Store, Mill and Reservoir. Interpretive hiking trail maintained with signs by USMC-Yuma Marines. Mine shaft, Sign in log.|
|Fort Buchanan||Battle Site||Santa Cruz||1857||1865||Barren site||Civil War era Frontier Post, The post was officially abandoned in 1861 but during the American Civil War troops of the California Column occasionally manned the post. In February 1865 Apaches attacked and forced the small garrison to retreat. Hog Canyon...Nothing remains.|
|Gillett||Gillette||Yavapai||1878||1880||Neglected site||Gillett Cemetery and nearby Burfind Hotel foundations.|
|Gila City||Ligurta||Yuma||1858||1863||Barren site||Destroyed by the Great Flood of 1862|
|Goldfield||Youngsburg||Pinal||1892,1920||1898,1926||Historic site||Goldfield revived as Youngsburg in 1920, is now a tourist attraction.|
|Guthrie||Greenlee||1880's||1922||Neglected site||A railroad stop, on the Arizona Copper Company railroad, at a railroad bridge across the Gila River. The town died when the bridge was washed out.|
|Hardyville||Mohave||1864||1883||Historic site||Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery, a historic landmark and an unofficial historical marker for nearby Bullhead City, Arizona. A steamboat landing, Colorado River ferry, mining town, junction of the Mojave Road and Hardyville - Prescott Road|
|Harshaw||Durazno||Santa Cruz||1880||1960||Semi-abandoned site||Cemetery, Several adobe walls, flat townsite pads still visible|
|Helvetia||Pima||1891||1921||Neglected site||small cemetery on approach with period graves, road to gunsite pass, small adobe wall and Smelter Stone Wall still visible|
|Kentucky Camp||Pima||1874||1912||Historic site||Maintained by US Forest Service|
|Klondyke||Graham||c.1900||Historic site||Maintained by US Forest Service|
|La Laguna||Laguna||Yuma||1860||1862||Barren site||Mining camp. Site under Mittry Lake|
|La Paz||La Paz||1862||1875||Neglected site||Site of the first major gold strike along the Colorado River. Steamboat landing to 1866, Yuma County seat until 1871.|
|Lochiel||Santa Cruz||c.1880||1986||Neglected site|
|Metcalf||Greenlee||1889||1936||Neglected site||A copper mining town, died after the ore ran out in 1918. Its post office lasted from 1899 to 1936.|
|Marinette||Maricopa||Barren site||Sun City was built on the site of Marinette in the 1960s|
|McMillenville||McMillianville, McMillanville||Gila||1876||c. 1886||Neglected site|
|Mohave City||Mojave City||Mohave||1863||1938||Barren site||A steamboat landing, mining and garrison town, absorbed into Fort Mojave Indian Reservation.|
|Mt. Trumbull||Bundyville||Mohave||1916||c. 1970||Abandoned site, historic site||
The site is mostly abandoned, but remains home to a reconstruction of a historic schoolhouse. The town was sometimes called Bundyville, after the family that settled the area. As of 2006 one member of the Bundy family still lived alone on a 320-acre ranch near the abandoned town site.
|Oro Blanco||Santa Cruz||1873||1915||Neglected site|
|Oroville||Oro||Greenlee||1880||1882||Neglected site||A farm community supporting Clifton.|
|Pedrick's||–||Yuma||1854||1879||?||Steamboat landing on the east bank of the Colorado River, just above the Sonora – Arizona border.|
|Pearce||Cochise||1896||1942||Semi abandoned||Mine Gold/silver workings, general store, cemetery and several occupied dwellings, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.|
|Rosemont||Pima||Semi Abandoned||Adobe walls at junction, old house now owned by Rosemont Mine. Soon to be destroyed by pit mine. Rosemont Mine|
|Ruby||Montana Camp||Santa Cruz||1870s||1941||Historic site||25 buildings under roof, including the old jail and houses, the old school, the playground, old mine machinery, buildings and mine workings. Ruby is entirely on private property.|
|San Rafael||Pima||Barren site|
|Salero||Santa Cruz||1884||1890||Neglected Site||Old Bunkhouse and Assay Office, now off limits on Private property (Gated)|
|Santa Claus||Santa Claus Acres||Mohave||1937|
|Sacaton (village)||Pinal||1857||1880s||Barren site||One of the 19th century Maricopa villages among the Pima Villages|
|Simmons||Wilson, Williamson's Valley||Yavapai||1871||1934||Barren site||A stop on the Hardyville - Prescott Road, and a local post office.|
|Socatoon Station||Pinal||1858||1870s||Barren site||Stagecoach station|
|Stanton||Antelope Station||Yavapai||1863||1905||Historic site||Owned and maintained by the Lost Dutchman Mining Association|
|Stanwix Station||Flap Jack Ranch, Grinnell's Station||Yuma||1858||1880s||Barren site||Stagecoach station. Site of the Skirmish at Stanwix Station, often considered the westernmost engagement of the American Civil War.|
|Stoddard ||Yavapai||1882||1830s||Neglected site||Supported by several nearby copper mines, the town had a smelter, school, stores, and up to 300 people until it was abandoned when the price of copper fell.|
|Sunset||Navajo||1876||1887||Abandoned site||Only the cemetery remains today|
|Swansea||Signal||La Paz||1908||1937||Abandoned site||Maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.|
|Tiger||Schultz||Pinal||1881||1954||Barren site||All structures demolished|
|Total Wreck||Pima||1879||c.1890||Neglected Site||Smelter walls and mine still remain, small rock cabin foundation to south, filming location for movie Hombre|
|Twin Buttes||Pima||c.1903||c.1930||Barren site||Buried under the Twin Buttes Mine. All that remains is the cemetery.|
|Vulture City||Maricopa||1863||1942||Historic site||Privately owned and operated as a tourist attraction|
|Washington Camp||Santa Cruz||1880s||1920s||Semi-abandoned site|
|Wilford||Navajo||1883||1926||Barren site||Loose rock foundations.|
|Zeniff||Navajo||1909||1940s||Barren site||Few walls precariously standing amid piles of wood and adobe rubble.|
Images of Ghost towns
The grave of American Civil War and Confederate Veteran Colonel James Patton Perkins in the C. H. Cook Memorial Church Cemetery in Sacaton.
- American Old West
- New Mexico Territory
- Arizona Territory
- Copper mining in Arizona
- History of Arizona
- Silver mining in Arizona
- Tombstone, Arizona
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