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Fairbank

Tombstone, AZ
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Ranked #12 of 12 Attractions in Tombstone
Type: Ghost Towns, Cultural
Activities: Camping/rv, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Once a railroad supply town of 100 people, Fairbank has since been abandoned.
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Type: Ghost Towns, Cultural
Activities: Camping/rv, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Once a railroad supply town of 100 people, Fairbank has since been abandoned.
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
45 helpful votes 45 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Buena Park, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
49 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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