Mining on the Desert Southwest has had a long and storied existence. Remnants of past mining ventures can be found in many remote locations. Even today, huge mines work the ground in areas around Miami, Superior and Globe, Arizona.
Last year, I toured the Goldfield Ghost Town a few miles east of Apache Junction, Arizona. Founded in 1893 this was a vital and busy town. At it height this little town had 3 saloons, a general store, meat market, brewery, blacksmith and a school. Just when it looked like it might exceed the growth in Mesa, the quality of the mine’s ore dropped. Slowly the town died. By November of 1998 Goldfield was a ghost town.
In the mid 1980’s efforts were made to rebuild Goldfield. Now, visitors will find many building that closely resemble those that existed more than a hundred years ago. Many people now visit Goldfield as it has become a popular tourist attraction.
My interest in the town is the old equipment, vehicles and run down buildings that lay in behind the rebuilt town site. Rusted abandoned equipment, shattered vehicles and broken weathered boards make for some interesting compositions and photographic effects.
Next week I’ll be writing about some of the images I’ve made that show off the colour, rust and textures of the old equipment I found in around the Goldfield Ghost Town.