Most People Have Long Forgotten About This Vacant Ghost Town In Rural Arizona
Did you know Arizona is home to an extraordinary number of ghost towns? That’s right, there are more than 400 scattered around the state, most of which were boomtowns or mining camps that emerged once Arizona Territory became a part of the United States. Some towns managed to scrape by and survive into the present day thanks to tourism (like Tombstone and Oatman) but most faded under the harsh desert sun.
Today, we’re going to take a look at one ghost town that has been mostly forgotten by Arizonans, but its location on the Ghost Town Trail has managed to bring people to see the derelict ruins.
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Gleeson is located 1.5 hours (87 miles) southeast of Tucson via Interstate 10 and State Route 80. You can find directions to the town here. The roads to Gleeson are paved (with the exception of approximately 200 feet at the very end). We do recommend you bring a couple gallons of water when traveling through the desert and rural areas, especially as the temperatures continue to rise.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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