Castle Dome mine museum — 28 Comments

  1. What a neat museum! Nice shot of you and your hubby! Great series of images. Have a happy day!

  2. Oh Mary….where do I begin?

    First of all….YOU! What an awesome photo of YOU TWO! Rugged, beautiful are YOU!!!!!!!

    Now these photos….I just got so many poetic feelings about these places. I am convinced that my writing is influenced by images. I can only wonder how many stories were told at that bar from patrons, how many lips touched those glasses, and how many hands handled that door knob. I am so impressed that places like this are so open with these artifacts within such close reach. AWESOME! This is a desert poetry book in the making.

    • Walking around the old buildings, I always wonder the same things. I think one reason I love old stuff so much, is because I think of the stories behind it. If that piece could talk…..I bet you could write some wonderful prose to these, and a bunch of other photos I took that day.

  3. How awesome is that place! I would have so many pics too! One could make an entire photo book from this place alone. What great shots!

  4. Wonderful post. So interesting to read and view as you guide us through your adventure. How fortunate that the volunteer guy was able to take the time to snap a picture of you guys inside your trailer. I love what you’ve done with the place!

    • LOL.. I would be pretty thrilled to have a trailer like that. When we ever build a house, it will look like that for sure. (Well maybe not all bar)

  5. As a history buff, avocational archaeologist, and part-time employee at antiques auctions, this post was fascinating for me. I loved every photo, and some of those items (particularly the shaving mugs, if they’re originals) have some nice value to them. I always deeply appreciate people who put their time and money into preserving history. So many little museums with important displays have had to close over the past ten or so years, it’s sad. I hope this little area lives on forever, it’s such a treasure. If I had bottomless pockets, I’d spend my life traveling to these places and making sure they would survive for generations to come. Thanks so much for the amazing photos and tour, Mary!

    • I thought of you when we were there, you would love it. And yes, the shaving mugs were all original. I suppose that’s why they were behind wire, not everything was locked up. The man that owns the property really could see the vision, thankfully. All this needs to be preserved.

  6. Thank you for the great virtual tour of this museum. Beautiful photos of these precious collections. The dress shop is so well preserved, incredible.
    I love the photo that the volunteer took, great smile, Mary. :)

  7. awesome that someone thought to preserve those buildings and all those items from the day. quite the undertaking. loved the photo of the two of you! i’d hate to have to tote that tub along, but i’m sure it was worth it for the working girls!

  8. Mary, I love photo-heavy posts when the images tell such a fun and interesting story as yours! What a treasure trove of discoveries! Love ALL the pics but especially the one of you and your hubby :) Thanks for sharing this history. It’s a place I will likely never have the opportunity to visit, but through your wonderful post and pictures, it’s great to now be educated about it!

  9. Great shots. Love the purple glass. I have a piece of it – and I told a friend about it and he didn’t believe me. (!) He said there was no way glass would turn purple. Sadly this was before cell phones/google, so I couldn’t just whip out my phone and prove I was right!

  10. What great photos and interesting place! I loved the purple glass, it would have been perfect for the #52Snapshots last week. I am always so thankful when someone can save history or the past. We learn so much from it. I watch American Pickers they are always coming across people that have made little towns from buildings they saved that would have otherwise been lost. Right now I am just sick to my stomach about an old building that will be torn down in my neighborhood. I am assuming that someone is going to salvage the marble, light fixtures and other architectural items. Its just frustrating when you have to depend on someone else to save it because you don’t have the resources. After seeing your pictures I think I’m going to see if I can get in to take some before its too late.

  11. Such an interesting post and your pictures were perfect! It is wonderful that the history is being preserved.

    Hmmmm…in that dry climate, I wonder how often the bathtub water got changed ;-)

  12. That was super cool! I was struck that there was 1 church but 5 bars in a one-mile radius! I love all that mining memorabilia – we have lots of old delapidated mines around here, with piles of “garbage” around them. There is a mining museum in our town. I think that I ought to check it out based on your amazing post! Maybe my nephews would like it.

  13. I’m sorry we didn’t return to KOFA to boondock. I really wanted to visit this place. The owners did an amazing job recreating the times. You did such a great job with capturing the beauty and sharing the little treasures. I look forward to seeing it in the future. Thanks for the tour:)

  14. That’s so awesome and it’s my cup of tea too! I love wandering through old places and learning about their history.

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