February 14, 2014
We visited Castle Dome city...a mining ghost town about 30 miles north of Yuma. This town had it all...
|a general store and church...|
|a school house...|
|a dress shop...|
|and lots of porches!|
All together, about 20 buildings have been restored that were once part of Castle Dome Mining District. Each building is decorated giving you a "true life" picture of what daily life would have been like back in the 1800s.
We read that some of the relics and furniture displayed were found around the property and in some of the 360 caves in the area. There are over 15 miles of underground passages inside the mines. Also some relics were donated and a few pieces were purchased.
Mining began here in 1862 and it was a productive site until 1978 when the last mine closed. Castle Dome was a major silver, not gold, producer.
When it was a thriving "industrial" town, more than 3,000 residents lived in the area.
There was a $10 entrance fee, but we all felt it was worth it. Everything is very "hands-on"...and I so love old things. So many things I recognized...like the old enamel table like the one we had in our kitchen that my grandma made biscuits on. And some of the glassware below looks just like it came out of my Mom's china cabinet.
What a fun way to spend the morning.
On the way home, we stopped at From the Farm...a great little farmers market.
You can buy from the store or pick your own (in designated areas).
Even though we bought veggies, that was not the reason for our stop...the sign that caught our eye was "Date Shakes". It was Valentine's Day after all and we were on a date so why not?
I really did not know quite what to expect...a date shake? Yep, chopped up dates in creamy vanilla ice cream!
I am happy to say, I was pleasantly surprised...in fact, "lip smackin" surprised. Thanks Ronnie!
Speaking of fresh veggies...dinner calls!
Until next time...
Up next...Pearl took us to the moon and back!