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“Ok. Worth $5 and half an hour to an hour.”

Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town
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Mining Days Shuttle Tour in Jerome Arizona
Ranked #6 of 38 things to do in Jerome
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: $5 per person.A quirky collection of mining artifacts, old cars and collectibles, housed in over 15 buildings. Working sawmill. Animals
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ok. Worth $5 and half an hour to an hour.”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Somebody says they could spend 3 days here?! WHAT?! It is a junk yard. It is interesting to look at old junk. But truly it is heaped in a haphazard way, not the least bit organized. There are warning signs about rattlesnakes and I believe it with the junk and underbrush. Truly an odd place.

Now if you are "into" engines and racing, you could probably talk to the owner all day. He builds and races cars. He built a studebaker race car, i think 1931, from the ground up and races it all around. Will tell stories and show pictures. Interesting, especially so to car enthusiasts.

Visited October 2013
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St. Clairsville, OH
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“What a find!”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We didn't find this place until our last day in town. What a shame that was, because my wife and I would have liked to have spent a lot more time there. Not for everyone, I suppose, but heaven for others (like ourselves). Lots of neat stuff to see and a lot of fun just to wander around the rows of assorted junk, collectibles, vintage automobiles and ghost town buildings. There are real life characters there too, with some great stories! Don't miss it!

Visited October 2013
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Sacramento, California
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105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Gearheads amusement park”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

If you have motor oil running through your veins do not miss this! Plan AT LEAST a whole day and leave the uninterested parties at other sites. We found we could not really explore this site in THREE days! If you are interested in trucking history the owner allows you to prowl through his collections at will.
The collection has trucks,outboard motors, caskets,a vintage hill climb racer and most importantly, the owner himself! This guy really knows his collection and the history behind each item. He states that he likes to collect Studebakers ,but it has gone well beyond just Studebaker!
Some say he is a hoarder, I say he is living every car guys dream,

Visited October 2013
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Ohio, USA
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446 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 828 helpful votes
“I liked the old trucks, but otherwise this place is a dump.”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

After spending the morning and early afternoon investigating the town of Jerome (a fascinating little berg, by the way), we headed out a dirt road past an old mine to the ghost town. Well, that’s what it is called anyway. It is really more of a junkyard. As far as attractions with and admission price go, this one is pretty weak.

While it is advertised as a ghost town, but it is really a collection of derelict buildings and a collection of old trucks and mining equipment in various states of disrepair. Granted there are several vehicles that have been fully restored and are in gorgeous condition, but for everyone one of those, there are probably ten that are just heaps of rusted iron. For someone who is really into old trucks and equipment, this would be a great draw. The old vehicles also provide some interesting photographic opportunities as well, so it was not a total loss. But the place was dirty; there were thick layers of rodent droppings covering several exposed surfaces. I would also have to say that this was a pretty unsafe place. Lots of rusty edges and moving parts that kids could run right into. Hey, I’m a National Parks guy, and I would rather deal with the risk of an exposed cliff rather than put up fences around the Grand Canyon, but this place is really over the top. I did not see any warning signs (they might have been there, camouflaged by the junk) or barricades around any of the operating equipment. To be fair, I did see a warning sign about snakes and there was a fence around the old gold mine. My wife did enjoy feeding the critters, a donkey, a couple goats and some chickens, and I got some interesting shots of the old wrecks, so I guess it was worth the $5 per person, but it is not a place to which I would return.

Visited October 2013
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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179 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Fun and friendly people”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

A great way to spend an hour or two exploring all the old machines on the property. Look closely. You never know what you'll find!

Visited October 2013
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