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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
The Best place in Chloride Arizona to Eat.Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.The Service is fantastic and friendly.If you like Burgers, Sheps offers up to a 2 lb or 1 lb burger at about what you would pay for at a fast food place.Sheps also has a small bar and a meeting room for groups The one pound burger with seasoned fries.But all the food is great at...more
A lot of the residents in Chloride are retired or semi-retired. There are also a lot of artists and antique stores. One of these is the Shady Lady's Attic. A shady lady is another name for a prostitute. Shady Ladys also had a bottle tree on the property. Bottle trees are really from the old southeast NOT the southwest and originated in Africa. For a story about bottle trees see my Plains, Georgia Page.
What to buy: Antiques
Near the town of Chloride, mostly along US Highway 93, you will see historical markers about various other mining towns in Mohave County. Remains of these towns range from a few buildings to nothing but open ground. One interesting story, though, is how some of these towns were the Mohave County seat. The first county seat was established in the town of Callville; but this part of Arizona became part of Nevada. The county seat then changed five times until it was finally established in the town of Kingman in 1887. Some of the changes in the location of the county seat did not occur in a conventional manner. It was considered an honor and prestigious to have the county seat in your town so a few times members of one town would raid the county seat and steal the county records. Since that town had the county records it was then the county seat.
I got this story from an older guy in Chloride, and have not been able to confirm it, but it sounds neat.