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Castle Dome Mines Museum.
Yuma, Arizona.

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Google Map To Castle Dome Landing.
Presently Submerged Under Martinez Lake.
At The SouthEast Edge Of Fisher's Landing Resort.
GPS Coordinates: 32.965,-114.464.

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Castle Dome Mines Museum Town. Yuma, Arizona. Photo Taken: January 20, 2016.

Castle Dome Landing. Yuma, Arizona. Year. 1877.
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This area became home to the small town, and mining camp of Castle Dome; based around the Castle Dome Mine, which first produced silver and later lead.

It is located in in Yuma County, of southwestern Arizona.And it is in located in what is known as the Castle Dome Mountains, in the Sonoran Desert habitat corridor, for the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.

Address & Phone Number:

27550 East County 15Th Street North Sr4, Yuma, Arizona 85365 USA | (928) 920-3062

It is now a ghost town but it was first settled as a transport depot and mining camp in about 1863, in what was then the Arizona Territory

It's post office opened in 1875 and closed in 1876. Castle Dome ghost town is now a small museum site, called the Castle Dome Mines Museum, with twenty or so restored buildings.

When the first Americans reached the Castle Dome Mountains in the early 1860s, there were already signs of previous mining activity by that Native Americans who had engaged in mining in the Castle Dome Mountains some years before and backpacked the ore 18 miles (29 km) south to a processing site on the banks of the Gila River, where remnants of adobe furnaces were found.

As mineral deposits began to be discovered up and down the Colorado River in the early 1860s, numerous mining camps and steamboat ports grew into towns along the river.

Heading north from Yuma, prospectors staked gold and silver claims along the river and in the surrounding mountains.

The Castle Dome Mining Company, established in 1863 and owned by Conner and Jacob Snively, purchased many of these claims and planned out the site of Castle Dome Landing on the banks of the Colorado River to act as a shipping point for ore on its way to California for smelting.

The Snively's planned only to mine silver in the area, but in that same year, well-known geologist and mining engineer William P. Blake realized that the region's copper, & lead ores held extensive value, and he had already lined up investors to develop mining operations in the area.

Although prospecting and planning had commenced years earlier, modern mining in the area didn't begin in earnest until 1869 due to hostilities with Native Americans.

When the mines finally did begin operations, the mining camp that developed was known as Pitoti, after a weed thought to be found only in that area.As the area grew.

The town was later renamed Castle Dome, and a post office was established in that name on December 17, 1875. Less than a year later, however, the post office was discontinued on December 4, 1876 as the town went into decline.

Then, the nearby riverside landing established some years earlier for steamboats of the Colorado River began to thrive.

It was developed for the transport of ore and as a supply point for the mines located some 17 miles (27 km) east of the river,

Castle Dome Landing Is Presently Submerged Under Martinez Lake. At The South East Edge Of Fisher's Landing Resort.

Address: 10882 Swede Way, Yuma, AZ 85636

Phone:(928) 782-7049

The landing was called Castle Dome Landing was soon established, the post office re-opened under this new name on August 6, 1878, and the small port became an active supply and shipping depot for the mines in the Castle Dome Mountain mining district.

For the next six years, Castle Dome Landing served as the first stop for steamboats traveling up the Colorado River from Yuma, and the town thrived, both as a supply and shipping point and as a popular destination for travelers from Yuma who came up the Colorado River for various celebrations held at the numerous river towns.

As with many mining boomtowns, mining activity diminished, and the Castle Dome Landing post office closed down on June 16, 1884. The mines reopened in 1890, and the area became a significant source of lead for both World War I and World War II.

After World War II, the demand for lead decreased, and the town again went into decline, though mining activity continued for some years in the area. The school was shut down in 1950, and the mines went into and out of use as the price of silver, still found in the area, rose and fell.

By 1978, the mines were all shut down, and the last of the residents were gone

Then, Allen and Stephanie Armstrong bought remnants of a ghost town in the mid-1990s, they added restored/created replicas of 50 buildings and loaded them with artifacts from the region's mining days.

There are so many things to see at this museum that you could spend a day and not see them all.

They also include walking tours of many of the mines near to the town.

Some of the common lead ore minerals from this area are:
Mimetite-Wulfenite:
A rich plate of bright yellow (brighter yellow and less green in person) Arizona mimetite. Buried amongst the profusion of mimetite microcrystals are small, tabular, gemmy yellow wulfenite crystals. This lead-mineral combo is classic from Arizona.

Wulfenite:
A rich plate of bright yellow, gemmy yellow wulfenite crystals. In its yellow form it is sometimes called "yellow lead ore".

Baryte Galena Pyrite:
A bluish, grey, or black mineral of metallic appearance, consisting of lead sulphide. It's the chief ore of lead.

Calcite Fluorite Galena:
A bluish, grey, or black mineral of metallic appearance, consisting of lead sulphide. It's the chief ore of lead.

GPS Locations:

Castle Dome Landing, now submerged, is located at:
(32.9650409 -114.4635592)

The original Castle Dome town and mining camp, now the site of the Castle Dome Museum, is located at:
(32.0411111 -114.18055555555556)

The Castle Dome Mine, located at:
(32.0402778 -114.17500000000001)

DIRECTIONS To The Castle Dome Mine Museum:

From Highway 95, Turn at mile marker 55 and then go 3 miles on paved road, then head straight for another 7 miles on a gravel road. Go straight and you will arrive at the Castle Dome Mine Museum.

DIRECTIONS To The Castle Dome Landing At Martinez Lake:

Take US-95 N. From Highway 95, Take Martinez Lake Rd to Duck Rd. Go straight and you will arrive at the Castle Dome Landing At Martinez Lake. There is nothing to see here.

DIRECTIONS To The Castle Dome Landing At Martinez Lake From The Castle Dome Mine Museum:

Follow Castle Dome Mine Rd to US-95 S (9.3 mi). Merge onto US-95 S (8.1 mi). Take Martinez Lake Rd to Duck Rd. Go straight and you will arrive at the Castle Dome Landing At Martinez Lake. There is nothing to see here.


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Castle Dome, Castle Dome Butte, or Castle Dome Peak.
Near Castle Dome Mine Museum.
Castle Dome, Castle Dome Butte, or Castle Dome Peak.
Near Castle Dome Mine Museum.
Mimetite & Wulfenite. Lead Ore.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
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Wulfenite. Lead Ore.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Baryte Galena Pyrite. Lead Ore.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Calcite Fluorite Galena. Lead Ore.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
On The Way
We See Something Strange
In The Sky At GPS
33.015544, -114.243434
On Yuma Proving Ground.
It Is A JLENS Blimp.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
In The Sky At GPS
33.015544, -114.243434
On Yuma Proving Ground.
It Is A JLENS Blimp.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
We See The Blimp Cable
Attached To This Structure.
On Yuma Proving Ground.
About 4 Miles North From The U.S. 95, &
Castle Dome Mine Museum Road Junction.
In The Sky At GPS
33.015544, -114.243434
On Yuma Proving Ground.
It Is A JLENS Blimp.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
Sign At The Junction Of US - 95
& Castle Dome Mines Road.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
Parking Lot Entrance.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
Castle Dome Peak.
From Castle Dome Mines Museum.
Photo Taken January 20, 2016.
Close Up Of Castle Dome Peak.
From Castle Dome Mines Museum.
Photo Taken January 20, 2016.
Parking Lot.
Castle Dome Mines Museum.
Photo Taken January 20, 2016.
Town Entrance
Castle Dome Mines Museum.
Photo Taken January 20, 2016.
The Present Day, Castle Dome Landing.
There Is Nothing Here To See Except Scenery.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.
Across The Colorado River Toward California From
The Present Day, Castle Dome Landing.
Castle Dome Mine Museum. Yuma, Arizona.

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