Welcome to Goldfield, Arizona!

The real question isn't whether Goldfield is a tourist trap or not - it is. The question is whether or not it is a fun tourist trap, and the answer to that - it definitely is! It's a historical little place, and the town has been restored so that you can see pretty much how it originally looked.

The first gold strike here was in 1892, and the town suddenly exploded in population to around 4,000 people. To support the miners, the usual businesses sprung up: several saloons, restaurants, a general store, etc. The town went strong for five years, until the main gold mine that sustained the town flooded. Pumps couldn't clear it enough for mining to continue, so the town began to dry up. It went through several small resurgences, until the 1920's when it was relegated to being a ghost town.

In the Goldfield of today, you will find a Bed & Breakfast, several places to grab a snack, a steak house, and enough shops to keep you busy for a while. The Superstition Mountain Museum is also here, which chronicals the lore of the Lost Dutchman Mine. You can see the Superstition Mountains in the background of this picture.

The mine tour was affordable and interesting. Of course, it is a mock-up of one of the old mines, but it still presents an authentic picture of what life in the mine was like. Our guide was entertaining, and we had a good time.

We arrived in Goldfield close to its 10 AM opening, so for quite a while we had the place pretty much to ourselves. We toured the mine, walked through the museum, then visited some of the shops. All in all, we spent a couple of hours in town and had pretty much seen everything that we wanted to. There is more to do, such as a train ride, jeep tours, etc, so it's the kind of place where you can stay as long as you want and still find things to do.

Of course, what would a ghost town be without a reenactment of the days of the old west. This one was very tongue-in-cheek, had lots of visitor participation, and didn't take itself too seriously. That made it enjoyable to stop and watch.

Again, you can see the Superstitions in the distance - they were beautiful.

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