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Address: Tombstone, AZ
Activities: Camping/rv, City walk sightseeing
Description: Once a railroad supply town of 100 people, Fairbank has since been...
Once a railroad supply town of 100 people, Fairbank has since been abandoned.
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More ghost than town.

In the late 1880s, Fairbank was quite a going concern as an important transportation and supply hub. It survived until the 1970s when the last store shut down and the last... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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OLYMPIA
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350 reviews 350 reviews
107 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

In the late 1880s, Fairbank was quite a going concern as an important transportation and supply hub. It survived until the 1970s when the last store shut down and the last inhabitants moved away. Today, there is the restored school house, the last of the old store, and a couple of old houses to remind people that Fairbanks actually existed,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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228 reviews 228 reviews
75 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This little ghost town has it all. Fairbank was the closest rail stop to Tombstone (about 9 miles away). This proximity was the reason for both it's rise and eventual decline. Several historic buildings are still on site, hiking trails, and in season, it is a birder's paradise combine to make it worth a visit. Fairbank is part of the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I really like this little "ghost town." Because there's a shop and a docent, it's not as "ghost town like" as several others in the area, but if you're going do the 3.7 mile loop trail, it's nice to have a cold soda at the schoolhouse when you get back. The hiking trails are flat and it makes a nice,... More 

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Long Buckby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Friday, Saturdays and Sundays finds the restored schoolhouse open with its museum and excellent bookstore. There is a walk to the cemetary which is worth doing. Excellent view with unrestored grave sites which add poignancy.

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Graham
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

There was no ranger available to answer questions, the only building you could go in was an outhouse. The buildings are not marked as to what they are. The graveyard is a mile walk and there are only three marked graves. Very disappointed

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Bisbee, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

There's not much left of this town, but it's an interesting stop if you're in the area. The old schoolhouse now serves as a visitor's center with pictures and information about the way the town used to be. A short walk on one of the trails will take you to one of the old railway stops, another will take you... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We stopped here on our way from Bisbee to Kartchner Caverns. There is a nice trail here that goes in several directions. We sort of wandered around, then ended up at the Fairbank townsite. There are quite a few buildings remaining. They were all closed when we visited, but still interesting. We also walked down to the river. If we... More 

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New Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I love the opportunity to walk through old townsites, abandoned homes etc. Having a few of these in one area is great. Knowing that there is an attempt to preserve this area is great. Was this place once a campground? Why are there water hookups throughout the town? The walk to the cemetery was beautiful, but the condition of the... More 

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Incline Village
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84 reviews 84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Nice visit. Deer cruising by. Lots of birds. Old Ghost Town still in good repair. Interesting stop. We are glad we stopped.

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Phoenix
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Fairbank is a ghost town. It was cool to see how things used to be. But, for me, the real attraction is the birding opportunities as it is next to the San Pedro Riparian area. Gray Hawks are common here.

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