In the Desert
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There are miles and miles of off road possibilities here. There are also a lot of mines that are private property. Please obey the signs.
Frisco, Newhouse Topography Map
Located at the base of the San Francisco Mountains is the remnants of the Frisco mining town. Born in 1875 after the discovery of pure Silver, the Frisco mining town sprang up in a matter of weeks and became the west's most toughest mining camp. Murders were a daily occurrence, and history claims that an average of 12 men per night were killed. This could only explain why the Frisco Cemetery was the biggest in the state at the time. More info, GPX tracks on these Ghost Towns HERE
Frisco grew to a estimated population of over 6,000 people. There were 21 saloons, hotels, gambling halls and a red light district that would have rivaled many towns in the west. Today the charcoal kilns and many of the old buildings still stand. Some of the old mining equipment can still be seen rusting away on the desert floor. The area is littered with open mines, so on your visit pay close attention to where your walking and keep track of your kids. One of the highlights to visiting Frisco is the old Cemetery. The old headstones still exist with engravings dating back to the late 1800's.
Frisco - 3 photos above, and 2 photos below are Newhouse.
Although this area was inhabited as early as 1870 the town never amounted to much until 1900 when Samuel Newhouse purchased the Cactus Mine. Newhouse had a dream to establish a model city for his miners and their families.
The small town consisted of stucco homes, a dancehall, restaurant, and one bar located one mile out of town. In the center of town was a clubhouse. This clubhouse contained a well-stocked library and pool tables. Samuel Newhouse died before the completion of his dream, but his brother Matt Newhouse continued on and completed the town and keep it up and running until 1910, when the oar in the Cactus Mine ran dry.
In 1914 the Cactus Mill was tore down and most of the towns people moved away. Today all that remains of Newhouse's model town are sun-bleached foundations and one old stone house ready to crumble at anytime.