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    Coronado Camp is/was a small adobe cabin in the Canada Del Oro wash along the Charouleau Gap Trail which runs between Catalina and Oracle in southern Arizona. I've been four-wheeling on this road since the 1980s and found some old pictures that shows how much has changed over the years. In the 1980s, the cabin was in very good shape. Full metal roof, walls, etc. In 2001, some of the roof had collapsed. There was a fire (I believe in 2005) in the area and I believe that is what caused much of the destruction you see today (most likely helped along by some idiot vandals). Here's a picture that shows the difference between the 1980s and 2011.
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    You can also see the road conditions and the shape of the camp in this 2001 video I took at: http://www.experience-az.com/adventu...gapvideo2.html

    Thought this was interesting (and a little depressing) on the loss of the structure in so little time.

    Does anyone know the history of Coronado Camp?

    matt@experience-az.com

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    Coronado Camp may have been what was known as the "Upper Ranch" associated with the Linda Vista Ranch near Oracle. The building was described as an adobe house with two rooms, one living and sleeping room of about 12' x 24' and a lean-to kitchen 10 x 12'. If Coronado Camp is the Upper Ranch, then this is where Harold Bell Wright wrote the "The Mine With The Iron Door" in 1922. The movie by the same name was filmed in there in 1924-1925ish.

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    Great information, Toysx2. Very interesting stuff. I had no idea. I'll have to check it out.

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    Is this 4WD only access?
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    Yes, 4WD only. It's a fairly difficult, but fun trail. A complete trail description is on my website at: http://www.experience-az.com/adventu...ouleaugap.html

    Good luck!

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