Fairbank Travel Guide

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    Ghosttown Fairbanks, AZ, US
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  • Ghosttown Fairbanks, AZ, US
    Ghosttown Fairbanks, AZ, US
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  • Ghosttown Fairbanks, AZ, US
    Ghosttown Fairbanks, AZ, US
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Fairbank Things to Do

  • Quiburi Ruins

    There are also the ruins of Santa Ana de Quiburi an old Spanish Visita and a Sobaipuris Indian Village near the Fairbank Facility. Father Eusebio Kino made contact with the Sobaipuris here in the late 1690s. Chief Cobo, who became friends with Kino had an adobe house built for the missionary in 1697. The Sobapuris moved away from the area so Father...

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  • San Pedro River

    The route to the presidio also leads you near the San Pedro River. Here you are on the opposite side of the river from the main Fairbank Site.

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  • Memorials

    There are a few places along the route where there are memorials to the soldiers and civilians killed at the fort.

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  • Nice Bench to Rest On

    Unlike the trails at the main Fairbank Site. This trail actually has a bench you can sit on to rest. There is, however, still no shade.

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  • Atriplex Canescens

    Another plant identified along the route is Atriplex Canescens, which is another plant used for a medicinal tea.

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  • Acacia Constricta

    One of the plants identified along the trail is the Acacia Constricta which is used as a medicinal tea.

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  • 8th Stop

    The 8th Stop along the route is the Commandant's Quarters. Notice how the place where the head officer lived is also one of the few visible remains?

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  • 7th Stop

    The 7th Stop along the route discusses the bastions. The bastions were large square structures placed at the corners of the fort. This is where the heavy cannons were mounted. This design, which was very successful in Europe, proved to be nearly useless against the tactics used by the Apaches in the area.

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  • 5th Stop

    The 5th Stop along the route discusses the Jacal Structures. A Jacal Structure was one made of mud and sticks that housed some of the settlers living in the fort. The 2nd photo shows the foundations for the buildings.

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  • 4th Stop

    The 4th Stop along the route is the Chapel. Interestingly enough, the chapel is one of the best preserved parts of the fort. Divine Intervention?

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  • 3rd Stop

    The 3rd Stop along the route discusses the method used to build the thick adobe walls of the fort. The only thing that remains is the rock foundation.

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  • 1st Stop

    The first stop you come to walking around the site of the ruins shows you the general outline of the fort walls. There is really nothing left except the rock outline.

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  • Beginning of the Trail

    As the sign indicates the trail to the remains of the presidio is about 1/2 mile round trip from where the trail to the Contention Mill Site separates (about 1.5 miles from the parking area). The trail is easy to distinguish and is marked along the way with signs showing how much farther you have to go.

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  • Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate

    After touring the main area of Fairbank, you can drive about 1 mile west, turn on In Balance Ranch Road and drive up to the parking area for the Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate. The Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate was established in 1775 when Francisco Tovar, and a company of 56 men, 352 horses and 51 mules marched north from Bonora, Mexico. Not...

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  • History?

    Now I do not claim to be an historian; but I do not believe these are part of the original settlement. It is nice, however, to have them around should you need them.

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  • Have a Picnic

    After your walk along the 3.7 mile loop, you can return to the area by the Visitor's Center and have lunch in the picnic area.

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  • Old Railroad Bed

    As you walk along the San Pedro River Trail you will also se the remains of the old railroad bed which lays by the river.

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  • San Pedro River

    The trail loops around and part of it follows the San Pedro River and the old railroad bed. There is also a short branch trail that leads directly to the river. These photos were taken at the end of that branch trail. The river is very muddy because it is the end of the monsoon season and water has rushed down the mountains and canyons stirring up...

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  • Directional Signs

    There are signs directing you to the main attractions at the Fairbank site. There are two main trails leading from the main Fairbank Townsite. One leads to the Fairbank Cemetery and the Grand Central Mill. The second trail leads along the San Pedro River and the old railroad bed.

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  • Fairbank Cemetery

    The Fairbank Cemetery is located a short half mile walk from the Visitor's Center. It is located just off the main trail on top of a hill.

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  • Look at the Beautiful Surroundings

    As you walk down the trails take a moment to look at the beautiful suuroundings. There are several mountain ranges visible from Fairbank.

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  • Look at the Flowers Along the Trail

    There are a variety of flowers that grow along the trails (especially during and just after Monsoon Season) if you are so inclined.

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  • Old Schoolhouse

    The curent schoolhouse building was constructed in 1920 to replace a wooden one that burned down. It served as a school until 1944. There is a small museum and a gift shop also located in the building.

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  • Historic Fairbank Townsite

    There are a number of buildings situated around the Visitor's Center/Old Schoolhouse: including the Adobe Commercial Building; houses; stables; and outbuildings.

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Fairbank Warnings and Dangers

  • Stay on the Trails

    For your safety (so you don't run across dangerous animals) and to preserve the history of the area; please stay on the trails.

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  • Obey the Signs

    You should pay attention to these signs. There are sometimes places where the water flows across the road during monsoon season. The water can be deeper than it looks and can flow very quickly. The water can also be a indicator of a coming flash flood. Please obey the signs. Apparently someone was angry at this sign. See the bulletholes?

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  • Harmful Animals

    You may encounter some potentially harmful animals during your hike, especially if you leave the established trails. Bark Scorpions, Tarantulas, and various types of Rattlesnakes are indigenous to the area. I am building some pages about these animals for my Arizona Page.

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Fairbank What to Pack

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    by Basaic Written Aug 13, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear a hat to shield you from the desert sun.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring sunblock and bug spray (especially around monsoon season July to September).

    Miscellaneous: Drink plenty of water before, during and after your hike. If you did not bring an adequate supply of water you can purchase some at the Visitor's Center for $1.00 a bottle.

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    • Desert
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

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