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