Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
Chloride, AZ is a small mining town located just north of Kingman in Mojave County. But what more do we know about it? Check out these 4 facts about Chloride.
How it happened we don’t really know, but Chloride became the poster child for “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Since the desert environment doesn’t allow for perfectly groomed lawns of grass and flowers, the people of Chloride resorted to turning their yards into a walking art exhibit, the medium being, well… junk. Some houses have created unexpected masterpieces, while other spots look more like they might actually be a junkyard. We’ll leave it to you to tour the whole town and pick out the best bits.
As a booming mining town in the 1920s, Chloride had seventy-two mines in operation! Mining was their claim to fame! These days, there are only a few mines left, and other industries keep Chloride afloat. As the mining industry declined, so too did the population. About 250 people call Chloride home now.
Chloride first sprung up in 1862 as a silver ore mining town. You’ll find it located in the desert between Kingman, Arizona and Boulder City, Nevada at a 4,000-foot elevation.
The Chloride Post Office was established way back in 1862 along with the establishment of the town, and has been open ever since! There are plenty of other old buildings to check out as well, like the Old Jail and the Playhouse. The Chloride Historical Society takes good care of these old buildings.
We should probably specify that these are mock gunfights, although back in the day, plenty of very real gunfights took place in this town as well. Over in Cyanide Springs, the older part of the town, gunfights are held routinely on Saturdays and often even more frequently throughout the summer. The gunfights are usually between two groups: the Black Mountain Gunfighters and the Wild Roses of Chloride, who happen to be the world’s only all-female gun-fighting troupe! They have a ton of fun putting on gunfights, bank robberies, and the lot. Keep a wary eye out — sometimes they even pull an innocent bystander out of the crowd to marry one of the Wild Roses!
You might expect that it would be only popular among tourists, but it’s also a popular spot for people to call home. Specifically, many writers, musicians, and artists choose to move to Chloride, AZ as they age. Many of them open shops to sell their goods, and it seems like everyone appreciates the laid back atmosphere of the town.
The Ford Motor Company built Chloride’s fire engine especially for them! It’s from 1939 and it’s still operational! In addition, the fire department has a Mack fire engine. They use both if necessary. And they make use of a new central water system which has significantly improved the town.
Roy Purcell was a prospector but also a painter, which is an interesting combination if we’ve ever heard one. In 1966, Purcell had some spare time on his hands and took to painting rocks. And by rocks we mean 2,000 square feet of murals on a granite cliff face! His murals are about a mile and a half outside of town at the end of a dirt road, and they’re still surprisingly vibrant even after close to half a century has passed. Purcell’s art is well respected in the southwest even today!