August’s issue of The Dusty Shovel is online
Whitecliff Wagon Trail Oatman Shops Oatman is a curious display of souvenirs, western clothing and all sorts. Oatman is a 45 minute drive 28 miles, 46 km west of Kingman on Kingman Route From rough to strands to green to purple rock, they have it all!
Colbaugh Processing is located about 5 miles 8 km north of Kingman on Hwy Cerbat Mine Prospecting in Cerbat began in the ‘s and it became a bustling mining community in the Cerbat Mountains. In the early ‘s it died out. Now, just a few grizzlies like the one pictured herestone walls and remnants of cabins remain. To get to Cerbat, take Hwy kingman north for 9 miles to a historic marker around MP 62, turn right on the dirt road at the marker, continue.
Some of the last leg will be foot travel.
Kingman, Arizona Overview
Cerbat Mine Area To get to Cerbat, take Hwy 93 north for 9 miles to a historic marker around MP 62, turn right on the dirt road at the marker, continue. It also provided power for the construction of Hoover Damn, mining cheap hydroelectric power of which rendered expensive diesel generated power obsolete, resulting kingman the discountenance of electrical production at the Powerhouse. Previous Next Ranching and Railroads are chapters to the Kingman story, but the mines and miners wrote kingman book.
The railroad opened the doors the west, making ranches possible early on. This brought military encampments to keep the peace along newly developed reservations. Soon prospecting produced results and the mining boom was on!
Ores were rich, particularly in the Cerbat Mountain Range. The silver and gold ore from these mines was hauled by wagon to the Colorado River, steamed to Yuma then railed to San Francisco to be smelted. Some of the best ore was sailed still further to the British Isles for processing.
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These hills still produce copper and Mining turquoise, but mostly what remains are ghost towns like Cerbat or the living ghost town of Chloride.
Ina gold rush hit Oatman in the Black Mountains so hard that the flat and easy Old Trails wagon road in Western Arizona would be yanked up and rerouted through the snaky, rocky backcountry foothills.