Historic Locations

The Ghost Town Of Helena, California

Since I began my adventure journey a few years ago, I’ve seen a number of ghost towns. On a recent trip through California, however, I was privileged to visit the most intact ghost town I have seen so far.  Welcome to Helena, California.  The story of Helena is similar to many towns like it. What …

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The Cowboy Prayer Rock

I LET MY SADDLE FALL, MY WEARY HORSE I TEND, DEAR LORD I HEAR YOU CALL, FOR I’VE REACHED THE END. Poetic and unsettling, what’s known as the Cowboy Prayer, reads more like a lament. Permanently transfixed along the divide between civilization and the Prescott Wilderness, sewn into a large boulder and overlooking a small …

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Historic Clevenger House, Superior, Arizona

This lovingly-crafted stone and mortar home was once that of the Robert Clevenger family, in the early 1900s. Built in Queen Creek Canyon, the northern wall is the canyon, itself. The majestic Picketpost Mountain looms to the South, and the ghost town of Pinal once stood less than one mile to the east (as the …

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The Cross Of Santa Ana, Superior, Arizona

This cross proudly stands atop the hills overlooking the small Arizona town of Superior. Around the time of its creation, much of the town’s residents were devout Catholics. So, on May 3rd, 1936, a group of miners set out to construct this monument overlooking their homes and workplaces, to be blessed by a town priest, …

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The Ghost Town Of Silverbell, And Historic Silverbell Cemetery

This historic graveyard, in Southern Arizona, is all that remains of the ghost town of Silverbell.  Before Arizona became a state, and the west was still wild, mining activity, according to Arizona State University, began in the area during the 1870s with Charles Brown, a Tuscon resident. His work lasted only a few years before …

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Historic Cabin And Springhouses Of Northern Arizona

The Homestead Act, enacted during the time of the Civil War, allowed for any U.S. citizen, or would-be citizen, to claim 160 acres of government land, provided they worked to improve the land through cultivation and other means, among other caveats. In the early 1890s, Charles Ludwig Veit, a german immigrant, claimed his 160 acres …

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The Coolest Abandoned Home I’ve Ever Seen! (Elvis House)

Not too long ago, while taking my date for a fun day of ruin-hunting, in Sedona (romantic, I know), we were cutting through a wash, still a good mile or two from our destination. I was looking to the sides of the canyon as I always do when looking for ruins. That’s when we saw …

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