Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Ghost Town...Castle Dome Mine

Cocopah RV Resort
Yuma, AZ
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 garage...










a motel...













a workshop...







a dress shop...



a saloon...













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...
 
 
enjoy!
 
Up next...Pearl took us to the moon and back!
 
 
 
 
 

28 comments:

  1. You all are finding so many neat places to visit, that's for sure.

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    1. It's a great place.....so glad we got here before it gets really, really hot!

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  2. What a cool town - I'd enjoy walking around it, too. I've had a date shake and really liked it. I never stop when I drive by, though, I'm always intent on getting where I'm going. :)

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    1. Hi Barbara.....thanks for stopping by! We might have not ever stopped here either if we didn't have friends here. We loved our date shake!

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    1. There's all to do here Merikay.....that's for sure!

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    1. Thanks Betty, it's good to hear from you!

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  5. Love your pictures Gay! Sure makes me want to follow you around.

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    1. How sweet.....that would be loads of fun Joan!

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  6. We visited there a couple years ago. It sure is a unique little stop.

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  7. What an interesting town. The antiques bring back childhood memories to me too. Even better was the farmer's market with real freshly picked veggies (unlike most of what they call farmer's markets in Florida).

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    1. From the Farm was a great little find Pam. They also have lunch specials, a garden shop, a court yard, and homemade brownies!

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  8. What an interesting town, it reminds me of Fayette Michigan. Another restored, hands on town from yesteryear. I've heard so much about those date shakes, I can't wait to try one for myself.

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  9. I found the date shakes to be way too sweet for my tastes, but then I don't have much of a sweet tooth. ;)

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    1. Hi Judy! They are very sweet. We had a small and it was just enough.....hope all is well with you!

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  10. Another great place for us to check out when in the area.

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    1. Castle Dome was my favorite so far George! I loved the "old" things!

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  11. This is my kind of place. I love all towns. Thanks for a great tour!

    I would love to find a place to pick fresh veggies.

    And to finish a great day with a date shake! Sounds like a super Valentine's Day!

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    1. It was lots of fun Pam....I sure loose track of time when I am wandering around places like the ghost town...there's so much to see.

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  12. Gay, what a lovely post and your photos highlight the area, buildings and relics beautifully! Looks like ya'll had a wonderful date!

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    1. Thank you Sheila...it was a very nice Valentine's Day! So many old things, so many pictures and yes memories from my childhood. There were several glass items that looked just like ones I remember from my grandmother's home....only used on special occasions!

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  13. That looks like my kind of ghost town! What a fun place to visit. Glad you liked the date shake. I've seen signs for them, but was never sure exactly what it was. Dates & ice cream. Sounds good!

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    1. Hi Amanda! You should definitely try a date shake! They are sweet! The small one was just right for lunch!

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  14. Thank you, we have not visited the ghost town. beautiful capture and that kiss was so sweet. I still have to taste a Date shake for I like dates! Thanks for the tour.

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    1. Thanks MonaLiza...you won't be disappointed in either.....the ghost town or date shake!

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