The Chloride Historical Society sponsors the Jim Fritz Museum in town that houses displays from when Fritz resided here in the early 1900s and about the history of the area and the town. The historical society also maintains some of the historic buildings in the area. Shown here are the museum, the old jail, an old church and a 1939(?) Ford Fire Engine.
Another attraction in town is Cyanide Springs which is set up like an old west town. They have gun fights each Saturday except July and August when the gunfights are only on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Cyanide Springs is the home of two gunfight groups including the "Wild Roses" billed as the world's only all woman gunfight performers.
Find a license plate from every state, count the horse shoes, how many pots live in trees, did you see where I left my boot, where is tin man today...
...there is so much of everything and anything in Chloride. Make it fun - take the time to explore and start a scavenger hunt. Your whole party will be enthused and you might just make discoveries you might have otherwise missed.
Chloride is the oldest mining town in Arizona. It was settled in 1862 or 1863 when silver was discovered in the area. At its peak the town had over 2000 residents. Today it has a population of about 250. Although there are people here it is considered a ghost town. It is located in the far northwest corner of Arizona just south of Nevada. The Chloride Post Office shown in the photo is the oldest continuously run post office in the state.
The Welcome Center for Chloride is located inside the Mineshaft Market, where you can also buy groceries, gifts and souvenirs, and get a map of the town along with information about what to do in Chloride.
This friendly little town lies about 30 kms from Kingman, just off Hwy 93 going towards Hoover Dam and Las Vegas. Originally a mining town it has the oldest operating post office (1871) in Arizona. The mines having closed, the population has run down to about 400 people today. Chloride is on the "ghost town" list but it is more "other-worldly" as it still has a lot of visitors coming through here for the Cyanide Springs (see other tip) gunfights and the old western feel of the place.
Thanks to Mr. Ken Fielder for the chat and the photo he allowed me to take of himself sat on his Harley.
Just off the centre of town is this mock-up cowboy town called "Cyanide Springs". Kept in good shape by the Chloride Historical Society, evey Saturday at "High Noon" there are staged gunfights, bank robberies and weddings, all in good fun. On-site is the small Jim Fritz museum but was not open on our visit.
There are many things to see in Chloride.
The Murals are 2 miles East of the General Store. The road is rough. Recommend high clearance vehilce.
The old Train Station, The Jail and the Old Bank are must see sites.
The Post Office is the oldest continued operated Post Office in Arizona