Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More About Castle Dome Mine Museum

In lieu of any new and recent adventure I am posting a few more details about the Castle Dome Mine. And what you still haven’t heard about is the fact that when we got home we were missing our camera bag with a 200mm lens and our camera charger. The conclusion was that Bea, who had been carrying the darn thing, had put it somewhere on the floor in some of the old buildings, and then walked away from it. We tried to contact the museum by phone, but the phone# on their website didn’t work and an email wasn’t answered. So next morning I had to drive out there again to retrieve the bag with its contents. We had 3 empty propane cylinders to fill, which i took with me to Yuma where propane is somewhat cheaper than in the Golden State of California.
The bag was already waiting for me to be picked up and the museum lady was really glad that I had come back to pick up that thing.
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So here is a little more about what you can expect to see at the museum:
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What you will see there is a remnant town which stood larger than Yuma in 1878. Her weather beaten buildings remain in an area little changed from the 1800's. The mills stand silent, housing original boiler, stamp mill, and elevator, as if tomorrow they will awaken to the thunderous roar of steel crushing rock. The boardwalks still creak, the church bell rings out, the five saloons just await the story of their last shootout. The horse trails are beaten down & lead to the blacksmith. The old stage harness lies empty and the nail bags are waiting to be filled. The old glass has turned dark purple from years of sun. The machine shop has few changes, and old uncovered Roulette table is ready to spin up your fortune. The old Mercantile is still well stocked, the Doctor and Dentist office with all the tools to fix you up still awaits your visit. If you need a Post office or want to buy a lot, the Land office and claim Filing office sits on the hill. All the details that made the 1800's the wild west are here for you to experience. Only the rugged need apply, to the Desert Woman who lived here for Decades. Come by, and you can visit the old Graveyard, or stand on the Balcony of the 2nd floor of the Doc's office and see for miles. Checking out the old buildings with everything from the oldest Levi Strauss pants in the world to the Dainties in the dress shop, it is truly a great experience.
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And if you never have tried a date shake. here’s a place where you want to stop:
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  1. You were really lucky to get that bag back. I wish I could find the keys I lost but we probably won't drive back to Tucson to check again. If someone found them, they are certainly taking their sweet time in turning them in.

  2. You sure got lucky that someone turned in the lens and charger.


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