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.

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