Goldfield Ghost Town [recreation]
CreatorSchoose, Robert F.
Train and narrow gauge tracks running under an elevated track trestle; Situated atop a small hill between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mountains, the settlement of Goldfield got its start in 1892 when very rich, high grade gold ore was found in the area. A town soon sprang up and on October 7, 1893 it received its first official post office. It boomed for about 5 years, with a population of 1,500, then died. A revival of gold digging led to a second boom in 1921, when the town was renamed Youngsberg, but it was also abandoned in 1926. Developers built a reconstruction tourist attraction on the site of the Goldfield Mill beginning in 1988. There is a small loop of a narrow gauge railroad and a train ride (a 36" gauge train which consists of a Plymouth diesel pulling a passenger car and a caboose). Source: Goldfield Ghost Town [website]; http://goldfieldghosttown.com/ (accessed 8/4/2013)
Type of Worktheme town; railroad (infrastructure)
architecture, genre, Transportation, historic reenactment, tourism, theme park, Twentieth century, Nineteenth century
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