Showing posts from June, 2011

Double Buttes Cemetery

On September 13, 1887, a group of citizens formed a group called, "Tempe Cemetery Association", and started the Double Buttes Cemetery in Tempe, AZ.   The property was donated by Niels Peterson in 1888.  Many famous Arizona citizens are buried in this cemetery.  The Double Buttes restaurant sit high on a mountain overlooking the cemetery and the city.

More Weird Cemetery Pictures

Here I am standing at another corner of the Woolf family plot.  I got more of the multi-colors on the left and a strange mist on the right.  The colors in the pictures almost match my aura picture..... hum.

Weird Cemetery Pictures

These were taken at the Double Buttes Cemetery in Tempe AZ, last night.  We were taking pictures by the Woolf family's plot.  I took three shots in a row standing in the same spot.  In one picture I got a rainbow mist and in others, nothing.  We can't quite explain what it is.  It was dark with no lighting around the area.  Here is some of the pictures from one angle.  I will post more from another angle later.

Abandoned Places

I came across this video of a photo montage taken of abandoned places all over.  I have been taking most of my photos around the state of Arizona but hope to travel to other states and countries snapping pictures of more urban exploration.

The Ghost Town of Ruby, Arizona

There is a small ghost town that sits near the Arizona/Mexico border in Santa Cruz County, and at the foot of Montana Peak. Ruby, Arizona, is another mining town left abandoned after the mines closed but is well preserved for tourist to take pleasure in seeing. Initially named “Montana Camp”, Ruby has a history of unregulated control, murder and chaos.

It has been told in the 1700’s Spaniards first discovered the minerals but left because of the harsh desert and hostile Apaches. It would be almost a century when a couple of mining engineers would renew Montana Gulch. Many followed, but like the Spaniards, they left because of the unfriendly Apaches living in the area.

By the 1870’s, another prospector made numerous claims and started a settlement at the base of the mountain he called “Montana Camp”. The mine produced an abundance of gold, silver, copper, and zinc. By the late 1800’s a mercantile was opened and huge amounts of high-grade ore was found. The word quickly spread and many mi…

Rub-a-dub-dub: Two Chicks in a Tub


Billy Clanton: the Youngest Outlaw Brother

Born in 1862 in Hamilton County, Texas, William Harrison Clanton would go by his nickname Billy and forever chiseled in the history books for his part in the Gunfight of the O.K. Corral. His father was Newman Haynes Clanton and went by the moniker “Old Man Clanton”. Along with his wife Mariah they raised five boys and two girls and moved the family to California after the civil War ended.

The family was forever moving but settled in Charleston in the Arizona Territory in 1873. By 1877 the Clanton Ranch was up and running, the same year Ed Schieffelin discovered silver in the Goose Flats, less than 15 miles from the Clanton Ranch. Schieffelin founded Tombstone, a place where the Clanton boys often frequented.

Billy, along with the McLaury brothers, Tom and Frank, usually went to town for business. He was well liked by the folks living in town unlike his brother Ike. People saw Billy as a hard worker but Ike was revered as a nasty drunk, constantly shooting off his mouth and pistols.


Globe's Old Dominion Mine

The Old Dominion Mine is located in Globe, Arizona and opened in 1881.The mine was rich in copper but minor amounts of gold and silver were found there as well.The mine did have it share of problems with water in the 14 levels, and in 1917 when there was a statewide miners’ strike.

Many of the Old Dominion Mine workers were Mexican who also participated in the strike.In order to get them back to work, the mine had them kept in camps along the Mexican border.These camps were kept in extreme conditions, forcing the workers back to the mines in order to be freed.The strike did turn out to be triumphant.The miners were offered better pay and nicer living conditions. In 1931 the mine closed for good.Today the mine has been refurbished with talks of turning it into a park.It is also used as the water supply for Globe-Miami and the district mines.

Greer Lodge: Gone But Not Forgotten

One of the most beautiful places in Arizona is the majestic White Mountains.The area has beautiful forest, lakes, streams, and many stories of paranormal activity.There have been many claims of UFO, Bigfoot, and ghost sightings.Unfortunately, the White Mountains are suffering a massive wildfire which is destroying everything in its path.

Greer, Arizona is one of these towns feeling the wrath of the fire.We were planning on taking a trip up there, rent one of the haunted cabins, and try our hand at looking for Bigfoot.The huge wildfires have swallowed up many acres of land but it was arson on May 10th that destroyed the Greer Lodge.The fire spread quickly throughout the structure and all that was left standing was the chimney.The lodge had 10 rooms, large lobby, and restaurant which are now completely destroyed.A couple of the cabins nearest the lodge suffered smoke damage.

In 1947, on the Little Colorado River, Leland B. Entrekin had the foundation for the Greer Lodge poured.By the fa…

Tombstone City Hall

The building was constructed in 1882 and is still in use today.The façade was a Victorian style but tailored to fit the Western Territorial look.Designed by Frank Walker, this fire red brick building was used by Mayors, Marshals and used as the Tombstone city offices.The building was the home of fire department’s Rescue Hose Company #2 and placed on the National Register of Historic places in 1972.

Urbex: Driving Miss Daisy?


Haboob: Those Crazy Dust Storms

I posted this over two years ago.Since it is almost monsoon season and the dust storms are kicking up, I thought I would repost it.

Every year during the monsoon season in Arizona, a massive dust storm moves through the state and swallows up every city in its path. Tonight, it has returned. These dust storms devourer whole cities like Tucson, Phoenix and all their surrounding cities. I have seen them on the TV news slowly making a meal of people, homes, vehicles and anything else in their disruptive path. You watch as a huge wall of dust makes its way slowly towards the city you live in knowing what is about to come. The sky turns from blue to a dusty brown and you feel the wind pick up in a rapid movement. For a few minutes, your eyes water and you can’t breathe. It is a person suffering with allergies worst nightmare. (That would be me). You watch as your lawn furniture topples over and flies into your neighbor’s yard. You are better off being home or safely in a building and not in…

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