Ghost Towns, Dos Cabezas, Arizona
We stopped at the town of Dos Cabezas with the failed attempt to explore the mining ruins of The Elma Mine. The mine and ruins are approximately 2 miles above Dos Cabezas behind a locked gate with at least 3 heavy duty locks. The gated location has 10-15 ruins and a few mines.
The town has a few adobe ruins, abandoned stores and buildings off the main street but not much else. With the town being so small, everyone watches you when driving the few streets. So Dos Cabezas was bust in my book and not really a Ghost Town.
Dos Cabezas was founded in 1879 just 14 miles southeast of Willcox. The arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad at Willcox in August 1880 opened the area to further mining, resulting in three stamp mills, saloons, blacksmith shop, hotels, general store and 50 adobe buildings serving a population of 300 people.
By the early 1900s, the Emersley claims instigated a copper boom in the district, establishing the Dos Cabezas Consolidated Mines Co. The short-lived town of Laub at the mouth of Mascot Canyon two miles north of Dos Cabezas, served miners, though lack of financing and low copper prices caused its demise.