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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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Fairbank lived into the 1970's, much later than most of our AZ ghost towns, and what's left is well reserved. Don't go a long ways extra to get here, but if driving past it's a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Sun City
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Sun City
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Fairbank lived into the 1970's, much later than most of our AZ ghost towns, and what's left is well reserved. Don't go a long ways extra to get here, but if driving past it's a nice look at the remains of a booming RR town of the 1900's

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Peoria, AZ
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

While there's not much there now, this was a real crossroads during the boom town mining days, so it's worth a stop. Stand where so many went before and soak in the history. Interpretive signs could stand to be replaced, as some of them are fading, but my boy and I walked around and read them all. I was surprised... More 

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Cape May, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This place is a real blast from the past. The school house/museum was not open that day so we're sure we missed some cool stuff, but it was still nice to be able to roam around freely & take in the ghostly atmosphere. The center of town is fairly small, but enough to allow a quick glance into what it... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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394 reviews 394 reviews
223 attraction reviews
278 helpful votes 278 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Fairbank is in a perfect visiting location between Tombstone and Kartchner Caverns. For most people, less than one hour will be plenty of time to wander around and look at the old buildings. The old railroad track bed is just to the west of town and was the nearest railroad stop for the growing city of Tombstone in the late... More 

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Cobham, United Kingdom
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244 reviews 244 reviews
66 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

easy instant access off paved road. Schoolhouse interpretive museum. Really interesting. Good example of a ghost town.- the town used to mill the rock from the mining towns like tombstone and bisbee. it also has an old station and other buildings. So much better than Pearce which is given more publicity but is a total waste of time.

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OLYMPIA
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391 reviews 391 reviews
124 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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242 reviews 242 reviews
79 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
37 helpful votes 37 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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