February 27, 2014
The other day when we took the Indian Pass Road, we ended up in Picacho State Recreation Area. After a little research, I found that Picacho had actually been a booming mining town in the 1890s.
|The main dirt road thru Picacho...|
About 700 men mined ore and the population reached 2,500. When the river was dammed (1938), Picacho was flooded and destroyed.
Picacho SRA offers three signed trails. Our choice for the day was Stamp Mill. It was described as a two mile round trip hike that crosses the park's volcanic slopes and visits the abandoned Picacho's stamp mill.
We enjoyed vistas of Picacho Peak...
the Colorado River...
and exploring an old stamp mill.
Jose Mendivil discovered gold in the surrounding mountains here in the early 1860s. He laid out the townsite, sold claims, and homesteaded a section of land along the Colorado River. He even named the streets after his daughters. During its heyday, the town had three stores, schools, saloons, and was served by steamboats that connected mining towns along the river.
Today all that remains is the lower stamp mill constructed in 1877-78 of hand cut native rhyolite stone.
It's so cool discovering these old historic sites. It sure sparks a curiosity...how did these people live? Did their saloons have swinging doors and bar fights, how did they escape floods from the river, did the schools have books...
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time...