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    Default Out In The Patagonia Mountains

    Vulture took me down into Santa Cruz County. The first stop was to find the old city jail in Patagonia, which was carved into a hillside. I had never heard of such a thing in Santa Cruz County, but we found it. Looks like a nasty h e ll hole at best. I wouldn't want to spend anytime there.

    The next stop was an old ranch that he had met the folks some years ago.



    It looked fairly deserted.
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    No one was there but the cattle and they weren't going to let us in.
    Several miles away sits the town of Harshaw, Arizona.

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    It seems that everytime that I go down there, less and less of the ruin is still there.

    Vulture was kind enough to show me the "other" cemetery at Harshaw. Almost everyone who has gone to Harshaw has seen the cemetery on the right, this one requires a slight scramble into the brush. Four tombstones remain.

    The ruins at the far end of Harshaw that is blocked by the NO TRESPASSING SIGNS on the road. For those not from Arizona, Harshaw got its Post Office in 1880. By 1882, after a fire, flood and the mine fizzling out, it was a ghost town already with various ranchers and squatters taking residence over the years with one building after another slowly falling down until the 1960's (I believe) when the US Forest Service bulldozed the remaining ruins.
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    I believe that I amused Vulture by paying so much attention to the trash in the area. I've always found that it pays off in safety having an idea of who else is lurking in the area.

    Safety first in the desert!


    After a bit of bushwhacking, we came to the Harshaw Mill.
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    The Harshaw Mill is a fine one. It ranks up with the others that I have seen, the Boston Mill, the Warsaw Mill, The Contention Mill and others.
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    I would like to thank Vulture for the find of the jail cell at Patagonia, the old ranch house, the other cemetery and the mill. Very fine ruins and it was fun to bushwhack with someone else to find some deserving ruins.

    Vulture putting up with my fascination with the relics. Thanks man!
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    Golly gee, Gary, my fat fingers struck again. Would you be kind enough to change Ouu to Out please?
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    "& the truer life draws nigher,
    every year;
    & it's morning star climbs higher,
    every year;
    Earths hold on us grows slighter,
    & the heavy burdens lighter,
    & the dawn immortal brighter, Every year.

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    It was a he ll of a good day...

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    Beautiful! Looks like you had a great day for it.

    Geez, I need to quit working on honey-dos and strap on my boots...

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    Great pics Joel !
    Campp,yep,time to get the boots on.
    Funny how those "honey-dos"keep stacking up.
    Vultue,is that your new "Bow Flex" ?

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