The Railhead to Tombstone, a look at Fairbank, Az

The town of Fairbank in Az was of major importance to the city of Tombstone. It was originally a Native American village called Santa Cruz. First it was called Junction city to Kendall and finally Fairbank. The ghost town is located just ten miles west of the famous attraction, we know as Tombstone, inside the San Pedro Riperian Conservation area, known as the best preserved ghost town.

Nathaniel Fairbank was partial founder and founder of Grand central mining company who had interest in the silver mines of Tomstone
July of 2019, Fairbank ghost town
The sign stands in the center of Fairbank ghost town

The purpose of this town was to transport supplies, among the supplies was silver and the valuable ore from the Tombstone mine then taken to Stamp mills, Contention, and Charleston. Back in the 1880’s, Tombstone was the largest city, with at least 14,000 people. Fairbank was also home to the Butterfield overland mail line that opened in 1885. The town had a quartz mill, general store, resteraunt, saloon, Wells Fargo office the railroad station and stage coach station. The post office opened on May 6, 1883. There is also a schoolhouse , here’s a great photo of children outside the schoolhouse!

The front
Restored inside
Original school desk
A house
The San Pedro river gave the people in Fairbank life and was a number one source of water to Fairbank
Historic photo shows the people of Fairbank next to a water tank
This commercial building held the post office that opened in 1883, and all other stores
Historic photo of some people with horses in front of the mercantile buildings
The outhouse
You can also take this trail
Inside the schoolhouse, pick up a Doc Holiday soda!

So, Fairbank ghost town is definitely the best preserved ghost town and an extremely important piece of Arizona history!

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Published by Rossi

I am an artist, explorer and writer, I love history and archaeology. I love to research new territories and have a deep passion for ghost towns, and new places! I am also a mother to 2 grown kids!

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