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“It's worth the dirt road to see this”

Castle Dome Mines Museum & Ghost Town
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Yuma
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Please call for reservations during the warmer months "What you will see here is a remnant town which stood larger than Yuma in 1878. Her weather beaten buildings remain great day trip in the lower Colorado river in an area little changed from the 1800's. The mills stand silent, housing original boiler, stamp mill, and elevator, as if tomorrow they will awaken to the thunderous roar of steel crushing rock. The boardwalks still creak, the church bell rings out, the five saloons just await the story of their last shootout. Over 50 building in 3 areas are now open, with more history being added. April 15 through September you will need to call for hours. October 1st through April 30th we are open 7 days a week.
Reviewed February 1, 2014

We've visited Castle Dome Ghost Town several times during the last 4 years. It's really grown and improved. The owners and volunteers have spent countless hours restoring old buildings and building displays out of period wood and stone found in the area. They have accumulated many treasures and have them displayed in an artful manner. The road getting there has also improved considerably. It's graded regularly now, and is passable in any car or light truck. They even have a tour bus that makes the trip occasionally. There is excellent written explanations of all the buildings. There are also volunteers that know the history of the town and willingly share their stories. I'm glad I live close enough to visit it at least once a year now to see the new displays. and renew familiarity with the older ones.

2  Thank Sherman A
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

It was our first Ghost town experience. They have it set up with mannequins and when you are not expecting them, it is scary. This mini town was literally abandoned by the people who lived there, traveling from mine to mine. There are even canned goods left behind that were un opened. neat experience overall. would highly recommend it.

1  Thank Lili P
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

A first hand view of what life was like a hundred years ago and mining in the area. If you like history you'll love this "ghost town".

2  Thank hungryPhil44
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

WOW~ Ghost Town Delux. A labor of love that is sustained by a dedicated couple. Run by volunteers and visited by many.
A must see if you are anywhere near by.

5  Thank jeffreyshapiro
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Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

I have to start off saying, I am not a big fan of the Old West. But, I am a photographer, and wanted to look for lots of opportunities for great shots. I did get a lot of shots, but I personally wouldn't return here. But having said that, if you have kids that like old west towns, or you like the history of old west mining, you would probably enjoy this. The entrance fee was nominal, $10 today, and there were lots of things to see. The real mining town had been spread out over a large area, but for the museum, the owners have moved the buildings together to create a "central" town. It's easy to walk from building to building, though the paths are often rock or sand, I am not sure if this is easily accessible by wheelchair, and many of the buildings have steps or high thresholds in the doorways. But all the buildings are accessible. There are saloons, a church, schoolhouse, residences, stores, barber shop, etc. Inside the buildings there are many antiques some of which are behind wire or glass, and many are open to allow you to examine or touch. There is a "mine" that you can go in underground, walk through, look at some displays, and come back out the other end of it.

Once you tour the whole town, you can then go across the "street" to take a walking tour through the desert and look at some open pit mines, and other mining buildings.

When you drive out to this place, which is several miles out of Yuma, be warned that the last 6-ish miles are a well groomed gravel road.

If the history of 1800's southwest America interests you, this place probably won't disappoint. If I loved this type of history more, I probably would have rated a 4.

4  Thank Acuram
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