From “True West Magazine – January-February, 1964
By Tom Barkdull
Photos by author
First in a series of little-known ghost towns untrammeled by tourists and weekend explorers. Directions are clear and all you need is a four-wheel drive, stamina and a longing for yesterday.
Perched precariously on the steep slope of
Today there remain eleven of the ancient houses which eighty years ago were bright with light, gay with laughter, and warm with human companionship. Their windows are now gone and their doors hang from rusty hinges. The whispering wind scampers across the verandas, through the open doors, and rustles the faded wallpaper in the empty rooms.
Anchored to the side of the canyon, and accessible down a flight of rickety wooden steps, the pride of the village still stands. Vacantly but proudly this house gazes with reminiscence over the worked-out mines below. It will probably be your favorite, as it is mine, with its wide roofed porch hanging dizzily but securely a sheer thirty feet above the canyon floor. From this porch you will enjoy a panoramic view unsurpassed anywhere in the state. For a hundred miles there is nothing to mar the beauty of the mountains and high desert until they merge into the haze of the far distant horizon.
The mines are dead – the miners are gone – but near the center of town three tunnels still open into the canyon wall. These are all that remain of the operation which reportedly produced over $1,000,000 in silver for its owners. Twisted, buckled, narrow gauge rails lead into these portals and disappear into the gloom.
Alexandra lies a mile off the road between Mayer and Crown
King. Four and a half miles after passing through Cleator, look to your right;
high on the mountain slope, near the horizon, the old buildings are clearly
visible. Attempt the rocky and rugged road to the actual town site only if you
are equipped with four-wheel drive. For those who do go all the way, I promise
an unequaled glance into
Editors Note: The only
remaining building in the summer of 2005 was an old
LOCATION: 10 mi. southwest of Mayer
P.O. est. as Alexandra, Aug. 6, 1878: Discontinued March 25, 1896
Alexandra owed its existence to the famous Peck Mine. In
June of 1875, E.G. Peck, C.C. Bean, William Cole, and T.M. Alexander were
prospecting in the
Soon a townsite was laid out in “
A winding mountain road was built to remote Alexandra.
At first the ore was transported by pack train over rugged mountain trails and reduced at the Aztlan Mill. This proved to be both tedious and expensive, since the mill was located some thirty-five miles from the Peck Mine. A ten-stamp mill was installed at the mine by December, 1877, but it never did get much use. As a result of litigation problems which began in 1879 and dragged on and on, the mine was closed. People lived on hope for a while, then left.
Nothing remains of the former mining camp. A mile east of
the Peck Mine and just below the side Alexandra the deserted
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