Wild Wild West: Superstition Mountain and Goldfield Ghost Town

– In today’s video, we are going to explore the Superstition Mountain Museum, including the Elvis Chapel and picturesque Goldfield Ghost Town Coming up next (upbeat music) ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free ♪ ♪ In my RV, yeah ♪ This video is sponsored by Custom Covers Well, greetings from the Mesa, Apache Junction KOA Not too bad as KOAs go, although a little pricey at about $47 per night and the staff, (sighs) well, this is what happened They closed the laundry on me five minutes before 9 p.m with my clothes in the dryer. (laughs) I was not a happy camper, and I called their 24 hour line and the same grumpy lady who took me to my site last night begrudgingly opened the doors so I could take my clothes Anyway, on to nicer things I am going to drive a little to the east here towards Superstition Mountain There are a couple of attractions in the area (disco music) This here is Superstition Mountain, or Lost Dutchman Museum and as soon as you step out of the car, it almost feels like you’ve stepped into a western movie I mean, take out the picnic tables and the golf cart You see what I mean? (humming) Let’s go in Here’s the gift shop and the museum, it is $5 to see it, but I’d rather explore the outside first Very cool to see all these species of cacti There’s the chapel Actually, before going into the chapel, let me check out this stagecoach right here I guess this was the main mode of transportation in these parts during the wild west days Hmm, it has stairs Maybe I should step inside This is not very big in here Just big enough for four people, maybe Not very comfortable It’s pretty cool (people chatting) Now let’s see the Elvis Chapel which was moved here piece by piece from the Apacheland Movie Ranch It was built, actually, for the Elvis Presley western, Charro Fun fact, it was the only Elvis movie in which he did not sing on screen He only did it during the opening credits Inside, it almost feels like a shrine to the King There is this sculpture, guitar in hand, at the main altar They have a bunch of movie posters and memorabilia and photos of Elvis movies and other movies, as well (“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers) ♪ Know when to walk away ♪ ♪ Know when to run ♪ ♪ You never count your money ♪ Apparently, a bunch of western movies were filmed here in this area, including the Charro movie by Elvis Presley Charro Okay, let’s see what else they have here Some of these sets, like the church and the barn, were moved here from the Apacheland Movie Set in nearby Gold Canyon after the fire of 2004 which almost destroyed the whole set There’s the telegraph machine These are interesting rules You may pause the video if you want to see them Mesa 21, Tortilla Flat 11, Goldfield one, Globe 81, these are there where you bought tickets for the stagecoach There’s the barber and dentist and everything, all in one The saguaro cacti and this mountain certainly epitomize the image of the wild west we have through the movies There’s the barn brought from Apacheland We have this cart and the outhouse, of course All this old equipment here And they have a blacksmith shop

(upbeat music) – [TV Narrator] They flocked to the railroads to carry them to the American southwest – And that’s a pretty cool train set, but I believe there is a much larger one towards the back Let’s go out, check the rest of the trains Yep, I think I am definitely into model trains and this one is one of the better ones I’ve seen It basically depicts their role that the railroad played in the development of Arizona, particularly for commerce (train whistles) (upbeat music) (train engine roars) Each section of this set depicts a different scenario from Native American settlements to frontier towns Well, this is supposed to be a cattle ranch (train engine roars) Such exquisite detail (train whistles) (upbeat music) Different types of mines like silver mines, gold mines Well, that was the Superstition Mountain Museum Definitely a pretty neat place to visit (upbeat music) Well, here we are The Goldfield Ghost Town Goldfield, established in 1893 Yep, the original Goldfield was established as a gold mining town, although I’ve learned this is all a recreation Let’s go to the train station first (train engine roaring) Yeah, I think I’m gonna do the train ride first and then we’ll explore the town Looks really nice There’s this narrow gauge railroad that goes around the town It is a 20 minute ride for nine bucks, so let’s go inside and get the train ticket here at the gift shop, which is pretty nice They have the usual trinkets and knick knacks (train engine roars) That is one noisy locomotive Alright, all aboard! (laughs) – [Conductor] Thank you – [Robert] You’re welcome Well, if anything, we’ll get an overview A lay of the land, if you will (train whistles) Yeah, the audio system is really bad, barely intelligible, so I will narrate a little bit here (bell ringing) I think what I gathered is that this saguaro cactus here is 75 years old, which is pretty young, actually Okay, a little bit of history The original Goldfield only lasted five years before it started to die down when the gold vein played out After that, it survived on and off until around 1926

By the way, that’s, of course, Superstition Mountain, which the Apache considered haunted and sacred at the same time Check out all the cacti We’ll see many more of those – [Conductor] Is everybody enjoying our winter? The small peak sticking up there coming to a point – I think that’s the rock formation that they call the Witch’s Hat It is an amazing looking mountain, isn’t it? Very iconic This is the entrance to a mine, originally with a steam-powered wench And here we have some rust and abandoned mining equipment (upbeat music) We continue moving, ah, very slowly As I was saying, the town pretty much died in 1926 Then, in 1966, this guy, Bob Schoose came to Superstition Mountain and fell in love with the area He wanted to own his own ghost town and when he found Goldfield, well, there wasn’t much there left, so he and his wife, they bought this land here in 1984 where the Goldfield Mill was and they rebuilt the town little by little I don’t know if this actually looks anything like the original Goldfield, and my guess is probably not, but it sure looks cool (upbeat music) Oh, and there’s an RV park (conductor speaking unintelligibly) (train engine roars) That was about 45 cents a minute I don’t know if it was worth it for the information or the entertainment value of it, but it was a nice overview to just go around the whole town I got a little bit of the history Before we continue, let me tell you about our sponsor, Custom Covers, for your RV Made out of steel, available in many different colors and in 29 states Protect your RV from the elements by calling Lisa at (501) 455-4442 and if you mention me, Traveling Robert, you get a 5% discount Now, let’s continue The town is, of course, mostly shops, and now that I know that it is reconstructed, I get more of a tourist trap feel, but still, the setting is so picturesque It almost makes it feel, in my mind, more authentic, if that makes sense – [The Lost Dutchman] They’ll get you out there on the gizmo clean and teach you how to pan for gold just like I did – The town certainly fits the image about the wild west that Hollywood has planted in our collective consciousness They have, of course, one of these places where they will take old time photos of you in costume Sage Maybe I’ll go to the saloon (music playing) Okay, there we go, ghost town information This is falling, so this must be authentic It’s a museum and it didn’t look all that inviting You know what looks inviting right now? The saloon The gunfights are only Saturday and Sunday Maybe I’ll come back There’s a Goldfield jail? What’s inside? (people chatting) You know what? One thing for certain, it looks a lot more authentic than Tombstone for sure Yep, but looks can be deceiving Let’s get a drink (people chatting) – Jeffrey, I used to like you

That’s it (people laugh) – [Man] Me, too – [Bartender] This is not the first time – [Man] ‘Cause I called here, too, and I said, “nope, couldn’t find it.” – [Bartender] You didn’t ask for Cowboy Dan – [Man] Yeah, I called and canceled it, then – [Woman] I got you these – [Bartender] She lied like a son of a bitch – There you go, very cool That stagecoach in the back might be one of the few authentic things here It was brought from Tombstone and restored Very cool bar regardless (people chatting) Nice, they have an outside patio with a view of the mountain And live music ♪ Just ain’t what she needs ♪ ♪ From the ladies and Maybelle ♪ ♪ Were the work of a sad country song ♪ Very cool place here I’ll be back I’m gonna explore the rest of the town Definitely a very cool place and that bartender, that guy’s a trip I later found out that that bartender was Bob Schoose himself, the founder, owner, and mayor of Goldfield And there’s the bordello That, we’ll visit later There’s the church on the mount Let’s go inside Let’s check this out (train whistle) Yes, cowboy commandments Pause the video for a laugh, actually Well, this is it, the church The chandeliers are made from old wagon wheels and they do have service on Sundays at 11 a.m There goes our train And here’s the Eagle Eye Shoot’n Gallery Wind chimes Here’s one of the many shops This one, selling wind chimes and here’s another one on the ground floor, below the bordello Let’s go up the spiral staircase and check out that bordello that I was telling you about Very nice view from the top, and I just love the landscape in this part of Arizona with all the saguaro cacti and I just love this little town Even if it is fake or recreated Okay, let’s go in I get pretty much a private tour from this very knowledgeable former employee (scoffs) Just kidding – Got a quarter mile up the road up there, there was a town of about a thousand people up there This part of the town is where your miner’s worked Where your miner’s lived, they lived in tents all surrounding here We had three saloons, we had one brothel, we had three cribs, and then we had various other things, so there was about 25 structures here There was one decent woman to every 50 men and what they didn’t spend on their tent and their food, they would come and join our hurdy gurdy girls here Now, if the gentleman wanted something a little bit different and a little bit he had money, he would talk to the bartender and he’d be introduced to one of these girls up here These are brothel girls Now, the brother girls, as you can see, were a lot cleaner, but one thing about the brothel girls, they were literate They could read and write Please, join the room in there, take your camera in there This is supposed to be the highly haunted room, if you wanna say You could see the size of a brazier there, sir Most of the women were about 5’5″ and weighed over 200 pounds The madame liked the women big because if they were big, they probably were not diseased This is our madame’s room This would be her beautiful room right here She did allow the miners to come in and have a bath there, but that’s pretty much all they could afford in here I wonder how many bodies they’re gonna pull out of that thing today Every time they get out that thing out there, they’re pulling bodies out of it There’s a graveyard down there The whole place is a graveyard Every time they dig something, they find bodies The women would use copper or another type of a coin for contraception Another jar would be put in their room and when the jar was full, the madame would get all the jars together and she would escort you, she would get in her carriage and take it up to the town up there and that’s what we call dirty money

(laughs) Let me tell you about a shot glass (walkie talkie beeping) This wouldn’t happen up here, but it would happen in one of your saloons across the street up there A gentleman, miner would walk in, “I don’t have any money “I spent it all with the girls.” “Okay, what do you got?” “My bullets.” So the bartender would line it up there and he’d probably get his cheapest whiskey that he had down there or watered down whiskey He’d line it up to here and line it up to here, give him two cents for this bullet, five cents for this bullet, and if he wasn’t in need of this for his .45, he’d sell this for about 10 to 12 cents, so that’s for a shot for a bullet That’s what a shot glass comes from From the western days, that is So anyway, any questions? – [Robert] No, no, this was– – Please look around – [Robert] Very interesting – We go some stuff from Tombstone These are original badges from Tombstone Not that your camera would like that – This, of course, is the abbreviated version of the tour If you wanna see the whole thing, the whole 10 minutes, I’ll put a link to that video uncut somewhere That was really cool That was a cool tour here of the old brothel Let’s continue exploring (upbeat music) There’s the outhouse, and this is where they do the mine tours and let you do gold panning and all that (upbeat music) It is so very picturesque, but we must go on Well, this was a lot of fun here visiting the Goldfield Ghost Town Check out that mountain, check out this, it’s gorgeous (upbeat music) This here is the state park Maybe I’ll stay here next time As the day slowly comes to an end There’s our favorite mountain once again Well, let’s drive around the neighborhood We’ve got some pretty nice houses here as we approach Superstition Mountain (gentle music) I wanted to eat here at the Dutchman’s Hideout, but it is closed Check that out That view in your backyard, oh (gentle music) Well, enough snooping around this fancy neighborhood Let’s return to our campground in Apache Junction And at some point, we’ll make it to Phoenix, right? (gentle music) Decided to go to Phoenix On the next video, we’ll visit Phoenix proper and its legendary First Friday Also, a deserted downtown on a Saturday, Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in front

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