Mining Ruins, Cleator, Arizona
Golden Belt Mill and Golden Turkey Mine
I hiked through the brush to find Golden Belt Mill and everything around it destroyed, which is unfortunate. There were large tools and mining pieces scattered throughout the property, possibly from vandals or scrappers. Anything that resembled buildings were burned or stripped away. I was recently contacted by a former resident/employee of the Golden Turkey Mine Office who was kind enough to send me some pictures of the Office and House back in the 80s when it was still a residence. Thank You!
The Golden Turkey Mine was used in 1933 by H.C. Mitchell & Associates. The mine produced gold, silver, lead, zinc and Copper from about 1923-1949. The mine included a 100 foot long shaft, which was later a 500 foot deep inclined shaft, and about 2,000 feet of workings.
In 2006 a fire, possibly arson consumed the only standing structure in the area. The basement and storage area are the only thing left of the original structure. The Golden Turkey Mine now has a large steel gate keeping anyone from entering. The mine is just north of Golden Belt Mill on the right side just off the main road.
[Gallery Update: 04.05.2012 ]