Vulture Mine Tours, Wickenburg

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The Vulture Mine was a gold mine and settlement in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The mine began in 1863 and became the most productive gold mine in Arizona history. From 1863 to 1942, the mine produced 340,000 ounces of gold and 260,000 ounces of silver. Historically, the mine attracted more than 5,000 people to the area, and is credited with founding the town of Wickenburg, Arizona. The town that served the mine was known as Vulture City.HistoryThe Vulture mine began when a prospector from California's gold rush, Henry Wickenburg, discovered a quartz deposit containing gold and began mining the outcrop himself. In 1863, after Henry Wickenburg discovered the Vulture mine, Vulture City, a small mining town, was established in the area. The town once had a population of 5,000 citizens. After the mine closed, the city was abandoned and became a "ghost town". The deposit was later sold to Benjamin Phelps, who represented a group of investors that eventually organized under the name of Vulture Mining Company.The desert surrounding the Vulture Mine did not give much in the way of produce, so an enterprising individual by the name of Jack Swilling went into the Phoenix Valley and reopened the irrigation canals left by the native peoples. Agriculture was brought back to the valley, and a grain route was established. This grain route still exists today under the name of Grand Avenue. Phoenix, Arizona, grew up around the agricultural center spawned by the needs of the Vulture Mine.In 1942, the Vulture Mine was shut down by a regulatory agency for processing gold. This was a violation at the time because all resources were to be focused on the war effort. The mine appealed the shut-down order and reopened, but with less vigor. A few years later, the mine closed permanently.
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  • July 7, 2017
    We drove to Wickenburg to see Vulture mines today, after stopping at the chamber to get directions we were disappointed to find out it is not opening maybe until October. Very unfortunate we didn't se...  more »
  • March 13, 2017
    I have waited 3 years to be able to visit the Vulture Mine! Joyce, the tour host, gave a wonderfully informative, and humorous, tour for over 2 hours. Much walking around the property and equipment, s...  more »
  • March 5, 2017
    Joyce led us on a fun and very informative 2 hour tour! We learned about hard rock mining in both the past and the present and were able to see through a window into the past to the miners lives and t...  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    As of May, 2017, the mine is closed for renovations. 5 stars just because the road to get there is worth it.
  • December 28, 2016
    The comment made earlier that someone purchased the mine and it was no longer there is incorrect. Today is December 27th 2016 and I drove up to the mine to check it out (as my great grandfather was the assessor for the mine) and it's still there, and they still have tours however it was closed today as it rained very heavily on Christmas Eve and as their tours are "walking tours" they needed to close for a few days as they had a lot of mud. - Note the cardboard sign notice. 😉
  • December 1, 2016
    My brother said that the mine is no longer there.some one bought it
  • January 26, 2013
    This landing strip is on private property. I stronly suggest making arrangements first. Te strip is un kept at this time. I will be headed there today to see what is needed for repair and clean up. Az Paranormal Cowboys

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