Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Castle Dome Mine Museum

Castle Dome Mountains.

On a recommendation from friends, Dick and Jackie, we decided to take a little drive about 40 miles north of Yuma to this cute little ghost town. The name of the place was The Castle Dome Mine Museum. It was even better than we expected. The remains of Castle Dome Landing were originally located on the banks of the Colorado River. The property which was previously Castle Dome Town and Mining camp was purchased in 1994 by Allen and Stephanie Armstrong and turned into the Castle Dome Museum. There are over thirty restored and recreated buildings. Seven are original to the Town. Those that were rebuilt, were built from old materials that would match the type of materials used back in the day. At one time there were more people living in this city than in Yuma. The Castle Dome Mountains made such a pretty backdrop to the whole atmosphere. I took a lot of pictures, and it was difficult choosing which ones to put up on this blog.

The admission charge for the museum was $6.oo and for an additional $4.00 we also took a walking tour of the mining area which was located across the road. This included some old mines, a graveyard and more buildings. This is definately a "must see" when visiting Yuma.

Not too much is left of these vehicles. Al says his first car was similar to the one on the right, only it was in much better condition and drivable.

There were neat walking paths between all the buildings. Notice the mountains in the background.

There was great attention to detail in these buildings and you could go in each one. Lots of neat stuff inside.

The Cook House

Kitchen Inside the cook house

This room definitely has a women's touch.

Sheriff's office located here.

More buildings and a courtyard. No grass to mow!

Loved the different roof lines and sizes and shapes of the buildings, as well as the one in center with a stone front.


  1. Rats, VERY sorry we missed this one!

  2. Nita, I work with the Yuma Visitors Bureau on their annual Visitors Guide Magazine and wonder if you'd be interested in letting me submit one of your Castle Dome pictures for print in this year's publication? There is an article about Castle Dome in our attractions section and we are collecting images for the Visitors Bureau to choose from. If published, you would receive photo credit and your photo would reach thousands of Arizona visitors over the next year. You can see the digital version of the Guide at www.visityuma.com.
    Thanks for your consideration!
    -Paige Lineberry
    3˚North Design