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Old 11-29-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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I was thinking about a quick trip to AZ just for the purpose of photographing an abandoned ghost town. I may also use a local model as well. Can anyone tell me where the best abandoned ghost towns are located? Or perhaps the greatest concentration....you know bang for my buck on a quick trip.

I would be flying in so which ever city was closest would be best.

Also, safety. Is that a concern? I assume many of these towns are in remote locations.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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not trying to be a downer, but you may not find what you're hoping for here in Az.....the classic old "shutters banging in the wind" sort of ghost town isn't really here....most, not all, buildings were built with adobe instead of wood in the early days and so have quickly "melted" back into the ground....and ghost towns have been popular for decades and so have been vandalized a bit....

you'll have a lot of driving here...you may want to try the Pearce, Courtland, Gleeson trio south of the little town of Cochise and near Cochise Stronghold (see a map)...involves a lot of dirt road driving so be prepared...you may have luck even in Tombstone which is near these three, too.....Bisbee, though certainly NOT a ghost town, has lots of interesting buildings....Fairbank may be pretty good for you and is on public land near Tombstone near the San Pedro river....Dos Cabezas is a very sleepy little town near Willcox and has a few classic ghost town buildings and a few live residents who you may want to chat up before you start wandering around...Ruby is a very good "ghost town", but is on private property and a good long drive from anywhere - see if you can find out who to contact for that place...you may hear of Harshaw, Mowry, and Washington Camp - all near Patagonia....they are not worth the long dirt road drive as all have been discovered decades ago and are almost gone....Washington Camp is the best of these and requires high-clearance to drive there....Lochiel, on the border E of Nogales, is OK and is a long dirt road drive, too, and is near Washington Camp.....

probably forgetting a few....definitely check out if Google Images has pictures of these

see good maps for all these places and plan on many hours of driving

by far, the best ghost town I've ever seen is Bodie, CA, a state park....fantastic buildings and awesome photo ops....google it and see if there are pro photo restrictions at this state park
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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Vulture is my favorite, just south of Wickenburg, no need for 4wd either.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Tombstone in S/E AZ. . . that's the only place that ever gave me the creeps, and I love wandering around in old places. . . .
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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Hint: It's not a ghost town if people are living there.
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Hint: It's not a ghost town if people are living there.
That's called a Living Ghost Town. Like Jerome, Cleator, Crown King, etc.
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: El Cajon, CA
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There's a lot that follow the train tracks between Maricopa and Yuma
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:41 AM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Might want to look thru this.

az ghost towns - Google Search
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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That's called a Living Ghost Town. Like Jerome, Cleator, Crown King, etc.
Living Ghost Town? That's up there with jumbo shrimp, almost exactly and unbiased opinion.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Ghost Towns of Arizona - Arizona ghost towns with history, pictures, and location
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