Arizona is full of abandoned mining towns from the turn of the last century, when western expansionism was at its height. Most of these old mining towns are now derelict shadows of a place that once had prospects of a bustling city and the promise of a “good life”. These places have been christened as “Ghost Towns”.
It’s usually not just one thing that kills a town, it’s many things that kill it. When the people living in an area have enough reasons to leave, they pack up and they don’t come back. In the desert a lack of water could kill a town just as easily as the shutting down of the mining industry. A plague or disease can rip through a small town and destroy it. A lack of railroad and commerce can also kill a town. What makes Kentucky Camp so interesting is that it had healthy people, crisp and clear water, a nearby railroad and plenty of ore. So why did this little mining town fail?
It failed because of one man’s mysterious death. Continue reading