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Feb 20

Gold King Mine

1953 TruckGold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona is a love or hate it kind of place to explore.  To the average visitor they might think it is just an old junk yard to a gear head or tinkerer Gold King Mine will be right up their ally.  The entrance to the “Ghost Town” is a gift shop area with a wide variety of merchandise.  Once through the gift shop you will enter what seems to be a hoarder’s paradise with shacks and old barns filled with hand tools, mining equipment, old machines, old trucks some rustic some restored, and thousands of other items to fill out the Gold King Mine junkyard collection.JunkyardFor us the neatest thing about the place was the cars, my wife who does not like to take pictures had a heyday getting a variety of shots doing close ups of the antique vehicles.  The owner’s old Indy race car was a sight to see along with his Studebaker collection.  Another fascinating area was the working saw mill which they make beautiful natural wood furniture out of.Gold King MineWe visited the Gold King Mine with my parents and they also enjoyed the trip especially visiting with some of the workers/owner of the site who were all characters themselves.  They were all very friendly to us and took time to answer questions that we had even those not related to the Gold King Mine itself, like after seeing some of their dirt bikes we asked about locations around the area to ride.  The people there did speak their minds and if you are somebody that is over sensitive to that kind of talk then this might not be the place for you.  Think Duck Dynasty but with a junkyard to understand what I am trying to say.  Speaking of “reality tv” I could easily see a show around the people that are running the Gold King Mine.Old BuildingAs the old saying goes “one person’s trash is another’s treasure” and at $5 bucks a pop and over a million visitors (according to the signs) I would say their treasure has grown quite large.  You have to hand it to American ingenuity and the power of advertising to create a “must see attraction” in Jerome.Studebaker GrillGold King Mine is a very unique place and if you are interested in seeing old antique machines, talking to eccentric people, and seeing a different type of lifestyle then this is a good place to visit.  If you are not into that then just do some shopping at the unique shops in Jerome and call it a day.Painless DentistGold King Mine
Located at Perkinsville Rd, Jerome, Arizona
Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost at the time of our Visit $5.00 per person
For more information visit their website at http://www.goldkingmineghosttown.com/

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