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Fairbank

Tombstone, AZ
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Ranked #13 of 15 attractions in Tombstone
Type: Ghost Towns
Activities: Camping/rv, City walk sightseeing
Description: Once a railroad supply town of 100 people, Fairbank has since been abandoned.
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Surprise, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Buena Park, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
49 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Walk through the Ghost town and be brought back through time. Fairbank was a railroad supply point and stage terminal. The town had about 100 people and a Wells Fargo office, store, restaurant, meat market, saloon, and a mill. Fairbank is actually about 10 miles from Tombstone and was a satellite community to Tombstone who came about due to the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Occupied continuously from 1881 to 1973 Fairbank now truly qualifies as a ghost town. Some of the original buildings exist plus an adobe school that replaced an earlier one that burned down. Not much Is left from the days when it was a busy center of ranching, railroads and commerce. The highest population was during the 1910s when the number... More

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Bisbee, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Love this history. Worth the walk to the cemetery and old mine sites. Great selection in the gift store. Easy access - right off the main road.

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San Diego
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Out of Tucson took 10 East, then 90 south, then 82 east on the way to Tombstone. If you do this like we did you will pass Fairbank on your left. Don't speed or you could pass it. Once there we found the schoolhouse was nice and there was a helpful (and interesting/a little different) employee working there. Beyond the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is outside of Tombstone. The name is the Fairbank Schoolhouse, but the reality of the situation is that this is a true Ghost Town from 1881 era when places like Tombstone were brimming with miners and 'gold diggers' of all types. Fairbank was named after Nathanial Kellogg Fairbank a 'money man' who helped found the Grand Central Mining Company... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I had past this ghosttown for years wanting to see it, but it was on private property. Now it is open and we loved it! The ladies working in the schoolhouse were very nice and informative. We walked out to the cemetery (sad that the graves are forgotten) and loved the views. Only thing was that you need to becareful... More

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