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( John Stanley / Arizona Republic )
Vulture Mine City
Distance: 346 miles one-way
A low-hanging ironwood tree in this ghost town 75 miles west of Phoenix stands as a testament to the violence of the early mining towns. From this trees sturdy branches, 18 miners were hanged in the 1870s, most for the crime of stealing high-grade ore. Do the spirits of the dead still haunt Vulture Mine? A woman who operated the towns only store for 32 years swears she and her now-late husband saw ghostly figures and heard unexplained knocking while living in the abandoned settlement. She has since moved out of the ghost town.
-- Hugo Martín
Directions: Take Route 60 west two and one half miles out of Wickenburg, Ariz., to the Vulture Mine Road. Turn south and travel 12 miles. For more information, call (602) 859-2743.