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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • My son and I woke early on our Saturday morning and drove all the way to the Vulture mine making sure we arrived on time for the gates to open at 9:30am and the 10:00am tour. When we arrived we were o...  more »
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  • 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