This abandoned Vulture city nestled into the breathtaking landscape of the Sonoran Desert, was established in 1863 and developed to meet the needs of Arizona’s most successful gold mine. Henry Wickenburg discovered Vulture mine in 1863, witch was the richest mine in the area. In 1870 the city had about 200 citizens. Here was build one 80 stamp mill. Some of the original buildings were build by ore from the mine and after the mill started working, those buildings were token down and crashed in the mill. Only by crashing the assay office they get 2000 dollars. Wickenburg died as a poor person even that mine produced millions in gold.
Vulture City’s population quickly rose to 5,000 residents. From 1863 to 1942, the mine produced 340,000 ounces of gold and 260,000 ounces of silver and has been credited with founding the town of Wickenburg. The Vulture Mine was closed for good in 1942 with all other gold mines, as the federal government directed all resources towards the war effort. Vulture City was abandoned. The town of Wickenburg stayed afloat in part through dude ranches where tourists could come to experience the Old West, and through events like the Wickenburg Gold Rush in 1955, where $4,000 of low grade gold ore was dumped in the river and 10,000 visitors converged in the town to pan for it.
The previously abandoned mining town has been carefully restored over the last several years and is open for the public to explore. Over a dozen of the original buildings still stand, with more planning to be restored in the near future. Today the buildings and the Vulture Mine are privately owned. But two-hour guided walking tours are offered of the historic Vulture mine.
The Vulture city is located about 50 miles from the city of Phoenix, Arizona and 12 miles from the town of Wickenburg. The town is named for Henry, who provided most of the land for it. The city of Phoenix was born to provide the agricultural products to feed the boom town that sprung up around the mine. Vulture Ghost Town consists of a half-mile gravel path leading through the buildings, trees, and rocks. Some of the most well-known buildings in the town are the Assay Building, the Cookhouse, the Cabin, and the Brothel.