Friday, October 8, 2010

Where Has Adamsville Gone?

In 1900, Adamsville was wiped away by a flood when the Gila River overflowed its banks.  This town was small with around 400 residences and was bustling with activity.  It had several water towers and a thriving flour mill.  Today, all that is left of Adamsville is a couple of cemeteries, a water tower, tanks from the flour mill, and a shell of an adobe building.  I did get pictures of them except for the adobe building.  They had it fenced off and we were too tired to trespass.  I know, I know, but it was hot and we were ready to get home.











I scheduled this to post at exactly 12:13 am on
October 8th.
This is the exact time and day I was born 52 years ago.

13 comments:

  1. That place is just funky. You'd never know it was there if you didn't do your research. I would really hate to be buried there and forgotten.

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    1. One day you will be forgotten no matter where you are buried.

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    2. I live in the town where all this is. Us locals always call it the witch graveyard. Because there's supposed rumor to witches having been buried here as well. So as a local, we'll never forget.

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  2. I didn't know it existed until you told me about it. Thanks for taking me there. Next time we won't be so tired and get a close up of the abandoned abobe house.

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  3. Happy Birthday Julie,

    Here's a wish for happiness
    and many dreams come true
    Not only on your Special Day
    but always - all life through

    Barry

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  4. You find so many wonderful ghost towns. I love the cemetery pictures.

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  5. It seems like there have been a lot of towns wiped off the map due to floods. Didn't realize how common it was until now.

    Happy Birthday, Julie!

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  6. Barry; thanks for the very sweet birthday wish.

    Jessica; that was an interesting cemetery with a medicine wheel in the middle of it.

    Andrea; this town was built in a flood zone. They account for 100 year storms nowadays. Thanks for the birthday wish.

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  7. Hey you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love the pics! So desolate the stones are in the desert. Makes ya wonder where the families are and if they ever come to visit.

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    1. Since most of the tombstones show death dates in the early part of the 20th century, who would be left alive today to visit them?

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  8. Tara, thanks for the birthday wish. I was out of town camping and that is why I am late in responding. I wonder if any of those graves get visitors. We did see one with flowers but the others had none. Very sad...

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  9. You missed the graves of the three Brujas which are in the older part of the Adamsville cemetery. The three witches were actually prostitutes but were accussed of being witches. They actually have the nicest graves. I will upload the photo's I took of the graves. I don't know how they died but am trying to find out more about them. They didn't even bother listing the three women's names. How sad for them.

    The other thing is this little "bustling" town was as bad as Tombstone with violence, murders, robbery, rape, etc...It was once considered the worst town in Arizona.

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    1. I live right down the street, I want to find out more about who they were, names, crimes, and why they were accused... its something that i feel i HAVE to know!

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