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brian10x
04-01-2006, 12:40 PM
Thanks to your help, of course!:)
I got there early today, maybe around 8am. I wanted to avoid bumping intoother explorers on the trail, and hopefully, have the place to myself. (Which I did) I spent several hours there,mostly just taking pictures and poking around. I didn't end up looking for the cemetary because I had already had enough for one day. I'm attaching 3 pictures of the old buildings, which I recognize from Philip Varney's book, and a newer (and a bit creepier I think) abandoned house that I'd like the experts opinions on. Overall, a very satisfying trip!

brian10x
04-01-2006, 12:45 PM
Just a couple more pictures, if thats ok.

brian10x
04-01-2006, 05:27 PM
I find it a little frustrating sometimes when it takes me multiple tries to find a place but its all part of the game. The last time I tried to find Sunnyside, I must have zigged when I should have zagged. In a way, its more rewarding to find something that isn't too easy.

So, I'm guessing there was more to see, maybe the cemetary, if I continued on further? (With the original buldings on my left) The trail continued on, and I went on aways, but I decided I had enough for one day. I did come across some wild turkeys in the distance, and until my eyes could focus, I was a little freaked out. Yeah, city boy here.:rolleyes:

Well, I'm ready to look for more strange, unusual, abandoned, spooky, weird places or ghost towns in our area if you know of anything unpublished or rarely spoken of due to curses or fear of looting.

I do try to obey the ghost town hunter creed in that I take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Or something like that~

zulu
04-02-2006, 12:38 PM
Brian if t.w. and i would have knowned that you were going to sunnyside you could have followed t.w. and my friend bill to my house and we would have all gone up there. We had a good time the weather was great and the sandwiches afterward was great. Meeting t.w with his knowledge was really the icing on the cake, learned alot.

brian10x
04-02-2006, 04:24 PM
Thank you for the kind offer. Its hard for me to break out of being a "loner" on these excursions. All my ghost town books state its much safer to go with a group, and I know I would have a good time. Sometimes I just need gentle prodding. Or not so gentle.:p

zulu
04-02-2006, 05:44 PM
Brian, lets see, we live in az, we are in the west, cattle all around, i am sure that we can find a cattle prod somewhere. Glad you found sunnyside. later ernie

old judge
04-03-2006, 06:41 PM
Brian: Always appreciate the sharing of good picks. Sometimes mine look like I took 'em on a bumpy road. Thanks...OJ

Mikejts
04-04-2006, 04:47 PM
I will be in AZ late May for a weekend. My mother who is 91 would like to go to see a ghost town with me. She sees the ones I go to in Colorado on my web site but she can not travel here. Bear in mind I can not venture too far from her home in Tempe as she is not up to the drive. I also will be in a car with 2 wheel drive and no ground clearance.

Other than that no big deal. I have considered the Vulture mine but I am certainly open to suggestions. THANKS in advance.

brian10x
04-04-2006, 05:50 PM
I think the Vulture mine would be a swell idea. I had a great time there a few years back, and the caretakers have a wealth of knowledge about the mine.

I think most of the ghost towns would be too rough a ride in a low clearance 2wd, especially with an older person. The bumping around can get painful on the body, even for us "younger" folks.

Mikejts
04-05-2006, 05:36 PM
I think it is great you are taking your 91 year old Mom ghost towning.
I hear Vulture is pretty cool, haven't seen it, it has one of the most interesting histories in AZ.
If you don't want to drive through Phoenix (commute traffic to compare with LA), you might consider Globe. It's not a ghost, but it is still very much an old west town. Plenty of old buildings, places to eat, etc. If she likes a drive then down to Winkelman & back up to Superior & easy return to Tempe, the Pinal mts. are rich in history & ruggedy scenic, the road follws the Gila river, some nice views. Just a thought. TW

Good suggestion. As soon as you mentioned Globe / Superior etc a flood of memories came back. I lived in AZ in the 60's and used to ride motorcycles in the desert. Basicialy practicing for desert races. One of which was in Wickenburg "The Vulture". One weekend we hauled our bikes to Florence and took off. We ended up in Superior and the local pub. Wayne and I were enjoying a cool one when a bar fight broke out. Next thing I knew Wayne had volunteer us to break the fight up because the bartender could not handle it. Well, being the idiot I was at that age I stepped right in. When I looked up again Wayne was back at the bar and I was attempting to throw two guys out the front door. Luckily he stopped laughing long enough to come to my aid. We ended up being good friends with the bartender (for the Day) He fed us free beer the rest of the afternoon and even had his buddy haul us and our motorcycles back to Florence. We slept the night on the desert floor. :D

PS - Don't tell my Mom.

Apacheland Studio
04-06-2006, 09:46 PM
I live just one town south of Superior in Gold Canyon. I was in Superior last month checking out old Main Street and the "Ol Bar is still standing along with the Magma Mine Hotel. You can lay down in the middle of Main Street at 12 noon and not worry about a car running over you.... it's almost a Ghost Town. If you want, I can send you some pics of what Superior Main Street looks like today. They are ready to revitalize the town and restore the old buildings back to their former glory.

Mikejts
04-07-2006, 02:33 PM
I live just one town south of Superior in Gold Canyon. I was in Superior last month checking out old Main Street and the "Ol Bar is still standing along with the Magma Mine Hotel. You can lay down in the middle of Main Street at 12 noon and not worry about a car running over you.... it's almost a Ghost Town. If you want, I can send you some pics of what Superior Main Street looks like today. They are ready to revitalize the town and restore the old buildings back to their former glory.

Send photos to my private email. I am assuming they are digitial. If not let me know and I will provide a mail address.

Mikejts
04-07-2006, 02:41 PM
Hey Rocky, great story. Sounds just like those blazing tales of yesteryear. It's memories like those that aren't so easy to remember, (?). I don't thin' the bar in beautiful downtown Superior is still aroud though, (sigh).
Lets see, dirt bikin' in the 60's, Trumpet or Beezer? I had a 64' BSA hornet, that ******* would do wheel stands in 3 gears! By the way, I really like your website. I was up in Silverton a few years ago, the Rockies are awsome to behold.
Bruce.

I appreciate your kind remarks in reference to my website. It is a hobby for me so it is important that people enjoy it.:D

Well I actually raced Kawasakis Although I also owned Hondas, Yamahas plus Beezers and Triumphs for pleasure riding. I had one of the BSA Trident 750s for a awhile but mostly 500 and 650 Trumpets. The Beezer 750 is another story.

Apacheland Studio
04-08-2006, 01:19 PM
I will be in Superior this week coming up and will be sure to send photos of the old main street town and all the original buildings still standing.

Johnnie
04-20-2006, 07:37 AM
Brian: Always appreciate the sharing of good picks. Sometimes mine look like I took 'em on a bumpy road. Thanks...OJ

We agree with you O J and great pictures Brian.
J & S

brian10x
04-22-2006, 05:35 PM
More pictures soon, if the ghosts don't get me Sunday.
(Wondering if a fully jacketed 270 grain 44Mag @ 1400 ft/second will at least scare them away):rolleyes:

Mikejts
04-22-2006, 06:36 PM
More pictures soon, if the ghosts don't get me Sunday.
(Wondering if a fully jacketed 270 grain 44Mag @ 1400 ft/second will at least scare them away):rolleyes:

Be sure to dip them in Holy Water. :D

brian10x
04-22-2006, 07:49 PM
Be sure to dip them in Holy Water. :D
I figure if I can make it through the seven gates of Mel, I can take anything!;)

Mikejts
04-23-2006, 06:53 PM
I figure if I can make it through the seven gates of Mel, I can take anything!;)

Is that the seven gates of Mel Torme or Mel Brooks.:confused:

I read some of your posts there and was tempted to start adding too it but decided that was a bad idea. I would not have been able to stop.

brian10x
04-24-2006, 04:14 AM
Is that the seven gates of Mel Torme or Mel Brooks.:confused:

I read some of your posts there and was tempted to start adding too it but decided that was a bad idea. I would not have been able to stop.I wish you would! Humor keeps the bad ghosts away better than bullets!:)

Flatiron
04-25-2006, 02:55 AM
brian10x...............Try the new .204 ruger round. It works much better on these critters, and you don't have to dip them...........:eek:

GaryB
04-28-2006, 08:54 PM
brian10x...............Try the new .204 ruger round. It works much better on these critters, and you don't have to dip them...........:eek:

.204? That sounds like a cute round :D

Mikejts
04-30-2006, 08:13 PM
.204? That sounds like a cute round :D

It is cute and appropriate. Just what you need for a varmit. :)

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JerryRHamby
10-05-2006, 02:15 PM
I visited Vulture on 10/3/2006. The caretakers are wonderful people. However, it is quite a walk to cover the area on foot. Much can be seen from the parking area. I would suggest Jerome. It is a tourist area ...but most of the good sites can be seen from the comfort of an airconditioned car. As a handicapped and mature person I can identify with your mother.

Mikejts
10-05-2006, 04:49 PM
I visited Vulture on 10/3/2006. The caretakers are wonderful people. However, it is quite a walk to cover the area on foot. Much can be seen from the parking area. I would suggest Jerome. It is a tourist area ...but most of the good sites can be seen from the comfort of an airconditioned car. As a handicapped and mature person I can identify with your mother.

Too late, I was there (Vulture) several months ago. I have taken mom to Jerome, Prescott, Payson, Tombstone etc on numerous occasions. Several photos of the vulture on my site. :D

old judge
10-06-2006, 10:12 AM
Bumppp. OJ

Dogman
01-31-2009, 03:31 PM
I find it a little frustrating sometimes when it takes me multiple tries to find a place but its all part of the game. The last time I tried to find Sunnyside, I must have zigged when I should have zagged. In a way, its more rewarding to find something that isn't too easy.

So, I'm guessing there was more to see, maybe the cemetary, if I continued on further? (With the original buldings on my left) The trail continued on, and I went on aways, but I decided I had enough for one day. I did come across some wild turkeys in the distance, and until my eyes could focus, I was a little freaked out. Yeah, city boy here.:rolleyes:

Well, I'm ready to look for more strange, unusual, abandoned, spooky, weird places or ghost towns in our area if you know of anything unpublished or rarely spoken of due to curses or fear of looting.

I do try to obey the ghost town hunter creed in that I take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Or something like that~


I just wanted to bump this because I found the cemetary and posted some pictures. http://forums.ghosttowns.com/showthread.php?p=38071&posted=1#post38071