“come join the old west”
The historic town of Chloride is located approximately 23 miles north of Kingman, Arizona and 80 miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada, and just a short 4 miles off Highway 93. The historic town is located in Chloride, the oldest silver mining camp in Arizona. Stop by the historic town for a free afternoon of fun in the old west. We show a free movie about Chloride’s history and give out lots of free popcorn too. Be sure to visit the authentic museum set up like a home from the era of the late 1890′s. The historic town has a jail, an assayor’s office, an undertakers office, saloon, general store, livery stable, blacksmiths shop, Lavender Lace’s Boarding House for Fine Women, a bank, schoolhouse, and feed store. All perfect for taking pictures. Star in your own Wild West youtube movie or get an authentic old time photo taken in one of the building. We’ll even dress you up in period clothes. We also have shops open that sell souvenirs and old time clothing.
Ghost town my ass, more like a tourist trap,
Cute little town! We stopped in on our drive to Vegas and really glad we did. There was no one there (at the center of town where the buildings are) so we were able to take pics and walk around without having to share the area with anyone else. I wish we had taken the time to research this town more before we stopped, otherwise we would have planned on staying the night so we would have more time to explore. There is a ton of stuff to do there if you love the outdoors.
Some people call it a tourist trap, but I don't believe that. It doesn't cost you anything and there is hardly anyone around! My complete review and pics: http://nuttyhiker.com/chloride-ghost-mining-town-arizona/
Use to love to stop in Chloride when we lived in Henderson, NV. Loved going to all the little "Ghost Towns". So much history. I could get lost in thought trying to imagine how hard it was for the people that built these towns. Too bad all history couldn't be preserved to look at and walk on the places others struggled to survive on. I have lived in Ohio, FL, NV, TN, VA, and have traveled coast to coast, from our southern borders to the northern, from Florida to Alaska. So much to be learned from the places and the people. Truly fortunate to have seen so much of this country and the history and beauty it holds. Still love to explore those new places I've not yet been.
Chloride is not for everyone. If you are looking for "lots of things to do", well, Chloride has SOME things to do but it's still just being "Chloride". It gets crazy on occasion, but mostly it's a quiet little village, part of what was once a busy mining town. Now speaking as a hobby "ghost investigator", I've found Chloride to have it's share of spooks and spirits. I once recorded a sexy male voice at the old (real) two cell jail, saying "yes ma'am!" I don't know what I said for it to say that but I wish I could hear that voice all the time. The "fake ghost town" is actually really haunted. We've spotted "shadow people" there in the evening and recorded ghost voices in one of the buildings. It's a fun "photo op" during the day and its interesting to note that the fake graveyard tombstones have the names of old mines from the area, no longer in production. If you go to the real cemetery, it is fascinating in itself, very unique but windblown as heck. Dress warm on cool days. There is also a small plot just a bit further down the road where a few miners were buried after being killed by local indians. It is surrounded by a chain link enclosure. A very sad and introspective place to visit. If you don't mind a bumpy ride (4 wheel drive recommended), you can go back in the rocks to see the Purcell murals, painted back in the 70s by artist Roy Purcell, who was later the curator of the Mohave Museum of History and Arts in Kingman. His artistry was not appreciated at the time ( he was stopped by the police but went right back to work on it afterward). Yes, Chloride may not have the "fun" you expect to have while cruising down 66 (it is actually about 25 miles OFF 66), but the beautiful sunsets and the LACK OF INTERNET and PHONE connections will make a sweet and relaxing experience.
What Chloride is, is a beautiful, wondrous piece of Americana from the mining days gone by. That some local business people have added a bit of commercial ambiance and backdrop in no way, shape or form detracts from the fact that Chloride drips with images and whispers of those amazing times. People that give Chloride bad reviews are self-important morons. Chloride is an experience that is as much about the imagination and emotion as it is the visual remains and enhancements. Chloride once, for a short period of time, thrived, and I can't even imagine what life back then was like. A visit to this place however will at least give you a visceral glimpse of what those folks experienced. Bravo Chloride!
I've been to Chloride and love the ambience. I love to photograph quirky places The abandoned buildings evoke times past. I imagine the glory days and lots of cowboys in the saloon, with dancing and singing. (I think ghost hunters should check this place out. ;-) )
There are painted murals up in the mountains, but I heard you need a 4 wheel drive to get up there.
It is a stop from Kingman to Las Vegas, a nice place to unwind after the craziness of Vegas.
No one there but good photo op with the kids
Regretting not listening to the bad reviews. The photos of the town are accurate, if they cleaned it up before snapping the photo. Town was covered in trash. It is more of a Potemkin Village than a real ghost town. It is readily apparent that none of the buildings are original. This was very obviously build just to pull people into Chloride. I'm certain of the history of the area but what you stop and see is not historically accurate or real. Really bummed because the one thing my five year old son asked to see driving cross country was a ghost town. Even he and my eight year old daughter could see that this was never a real town. This is very misleading.
It has a park next to the ghost town with a very old style slide and swings. It's not a bad turn off to stretch out your legs. It is nothing fancy but my daughters are young so they didn't mind checking it out.
Just off the freeway, which made it an enjoyable detour. However I wouldn't drive out of my way for this. It has an old jail and train Depot that are interesting but not much else. It's not truly a ghost town, as it still has about 300 residents, which gave it more of a sad run-down feel, rather than cool ghost town feel.
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