Thursday, April 14, 2011


Fairbanks is a ghost town situated on the banks of the San Pedro River, it was the main shipping point along rail for the ore that Tombstone mined.  It was not the largest town by any means, but it did play an important role in Arizona and Cochise County history.  The last residents of Fairbanks moved in the 1970's when the buildings were deemed unsafe, with them went the post office as well as a little general store that had been open for years.  Camping was allowed onsite until the early 2000's, when concerted efforts to rehabilitate the town came.  In the process of fixing the buildings more damaged was caused with a collapsed wall, also of interest is the fact that where the highway now passes Fairbanks, there once stood a hotel.

Inside what I assume was once a chicken coop.

What is left of the roof.

Old bar sign.

One of the houses on site.

Another of the houses.

The schoolhouse, which is now a museum and giftstore.

Yet another House, as well as one of the stores.

What was once the post office

Access is currently denied.  The wall closest to the point of view of the photo is the one that had collapsed, you can tell from the color differential what id new and what is original.

Not entirely sure what this is, possibly a power house.

Old remains along the way to the above building.

Inside looking towards the left from the entrance.

The railroad ramp, was improved upon because in the 90's the trains still ran through and would stop for BBQ's and tours of the town.

As you can tell the railway has since been pulled up, Fairbanks is truly deserted now.

Under the old railway bridge.

Inside the schoolhouse.

An outhouse, luckily they do have more modern ones onsite for visitors.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Kentucky Camp

Kentucky Camp is an old mining town located in South-Eastern AZ, near the town of Sonita.  After an accident that resulted in the death of the main stockholder in the mine, the area was deserted until the land was purchased for ranching, the headquarters of the mining company then became the main ranch house, and was lived in and used until the late 60's when it was bought by another mining company, though the buildings were never used in that endeavor.  In 1989, control of the site was handed over the Coronado National Forest, the buildings were in bad shape, restoration of the site had been ongoing since.  Now, it is possible to spend the night in one of the buildings, and all but one are open to the public during daylight hours. 

First view when coming down the hill into the valley with the townsite.
The only building that is literally in ruins.
Back part of the ruins.
Misc equipment hanging around the area.
An old car.
Door into the Ruins.
The main building on the site, a large house. 
A fireplace inside of the main building.
The porch on the main building heading towards the back.
The back of the main building.

An old stove located in the building behind the main building.
This is built into the floor of the rear building, I know it was used by the miners, but I do not know more than that, any information anyone might have on this would be most welcome.
The view from the side porch of the main building when heading back towards the rest of the town.
The smaller building, perhaps the mining head's house, this is the building that is now set up to be rented out at nights, it is two interconnecting rooms, with water piped onto the backporch and a grill provided for cooking.  It is called a bed and breakfast, however breakfast is seldom served.
The last building on the site, this is the only one that was closed to the public on my visit because they were in the process of fixing the floor.