Cowboys and Miners

Trip Start Nov 17, 2010
Trip End Dec 20, 2010

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Today Jeanne and Bob drove up to meet us and we went for breakfast at a Waffle House. We don't have these where we live and we really enjoy stopping at them whenever we travel.

From there we drove up to Wickenburg. We went to the Chamber of Commerce in order to get some information on things to see. And there's a whole lot to see and do in this little town! One of those is a Walking Tour with a very nice brochure (can also be downloaded from the Virtual Corral page).

Our main reason for going to Wickenburg was to visit the Desert Caballeros Western Museum so we headed directly to that, which is just down the street from the Chamber of Commerce. This little museum is packed full of fascinating things: a diorama of the city's history, a huge collection of cowboy gear and beautiful western artwork are some of what's there. We spent about two hours and covered probably less than half of it all.

We had to leave early because we also wanted to visit the Vulture Mine and it was only open until 4:00. The mine is about 12 miles south of town and the drive to it is very pretty. Along the way we passed Vulture Peak which, according to the hiking trail guide, can be climbed in order to "view some of western Arizona's best panoramas from the top." We didn't do it this time but are definitely interested in checking it out next visit.

So we zipped right past the entrance to Vulture Mine, u-turned and made our way in. Things aren't marked too well so we wandered along until we saw what looked like a parking area near a building that appeared to have some recent life around it. We parked and walked up to the building. A fella greeted us, accepted our "required" donation and gave us a map and brief explanation ("follow the gold painted rocks") of the route to take. Out the door we trekked and immediately were lost, standing there turning around and 'round wondering which way we were supposed to start out. Then somebody spotted a small sign on the ground with "start" and an arrow pointing left.  I've uploaded pictures. The Wickenburg Virtual Corral page has a link to a really nice video on YouTube (or just click here) by photographer Vince Weathermon.

After the mine we went back to town and had dinner at the Cowboy Cafe.

We'll definitely have to visit Wickenburg again.
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Charisse on

I am having a blast reading and looking at all the pictures. Am getting a history lesson at the same time. Thanks

Vin Weathermon on

Thanks for the lovely mention in your blog; I have seen TV shows and movies now done out there, it was a real treat to see. I hope to go back before it gets famous :-)


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