Vulture City Gold Mine and Ghost Town

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Location: 20km southwest of Wickenburg, AZ. From Phoenix Rt 60 west to Wickenburg, turnoff from Rt 60 4km behind Wickenburg to the left (south).
Open: Fall and Winter Thu-Mon 8-16. Spring and Summer Fri-Sun 8-16.
Fee: Adults USD 5, Children (6-12) USD 4.
Light: electric.
Guided tours: self guided surface tour
Address: Vulture City Gold Mine, John & Marge Osborne, 36610 North 355 Ave, Wickenburg, Arizona 85390, Tel: +1-602-859-2743.
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1863 discovered by Henry Wickenburg.
04-OCT-1880 post office established.
24-APR-1897 post office discontinued.
1942 mine closed by President Franklin Roosevelt because of World War II.


Vulture City Gold Mine was discovered by Henry Wickenburg. The small gold mining town nearby was named after him. But despite the fact that his mine produced more than 200 million dollars in gold, there was nothing left at the end. He ended his own life with a colt revolver.

Vulture was one of the richest gold mines yielding $15 per ton. Today Vulture City is a tourist attraction that doesn't have set hours, as the former caretakers try to sell it..