Great Arizona day trips: Goldfield Ghost Town

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GOLDFIELD, Ariz. -- Anyone who visits the Goldfield Ghost Town will feel transported back to 1890s.  It was once a working mining town that has now been preserved.

"It was just a great time. The country was booming and growing, and the gold that was discovered out here was just a giant boost for Arizona," says Bob Schoose, or "Mayor Bob" as he called in Goldfield.  He gave Good Morning Arizona's Gina Maravilla a tour of the town.

Visitors can spend an entire day exploring all the western charm of the restored town, which includes a livery, apothecary, and of course a saloon and steakhouse, among other shops and historic buildings.

Guides take guests underground via an old elevator for a tour, sharing stories about the mines in the area that, according to Schoose, yielded some $3 million in gold in five years.

When visitors come back to ground level, they can pan for gold, or jump on the zip line. Miners once used a pulley system to send ore down the mountain. Now it's a fun ride for guests.

You can also go for a horseback ride, check out the museums, the live reptile exhibit, and the Bordella, which is where the "ladies of the night" conducted their business. Of course, it is right next door to the old wooden church. 

There is also a cemetery right on the grounds. Some say the spirit of the old west is still here in more ways than one.

"We had that ghost adventure show out here and they say they found some stuff. I've felt a couple, you know, where your hair stands up on the back of your neck, but I haven't seen any (ghosts). But several of our employees claim they have seen them," he tells us.

The Mystery Shack is one of the biggest highlights on the property.  The rules of gravity seemingly do not apply at this house.

And what would a good ghost town be without gun fights?  There are free shows in the middle of Main Street all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Goldfield Ghost Town is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Directions from Phoenix:
1.    Take US-60 east (Superstition Freeway)
2.    Drive east to exit 196 Idaho Road/AZ-88 east
3.    Turn left on Idaho Road /AZ-88 east | 2.3 miles
4.    Turn right at n. Apache Trail / AZ-88 east | 4.0 miles
5.    Turn left at Goldfield Ghost Town

For information visit: goldfieldghosttown.com