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Swansea Ghost Town

Swansea, Arizona

Arizona Outback - Swansea Ghost Town, cir 1920

Swansea, circa 1920

Swansea Townsite - Once a flourishing copper mining town, now sits as a reminder of goldseekers and gamblers on the edge of the Swansea Wilderness area- just northeast of Bouse, AZ, south of the Bill Williams River. Today, as one of Arizona's favorite ghost towns, Swansea has only remnants of a blast furnace smelter, power plant, railroad, company store, and workers cottages.

BLM held a Swansea celebration titled "100 Arizona Yesteryears" in 2008.

Historic Swansea Ghost Town Picture of old cabins used by the Swansea Miners

Some of the old Swansea miner's cottages have been restored over the years.

"Today Swansea is under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management, and constitutes the Swansea Town Site Special Management Area. Due to vandalism and exposure to the weather, the remains of Swansea are in decline. However, you can still see a number of adobe structures, the remains of the railroad depot, two cemeteries, and several mine shafts. The Bureau of Land Management has restored roofs to rows of single-miner's quarters, established an interpretive trail for visitors to Swansea, and is engaged in efforts to shore up other structures. In addition, there are many stone foundations where buildings once stood."

Originally this mining camp was known as Signal, the name was changed to Swansea when a smelter was built in approx 1909. The ore was sent to Swansea, South Wales, for smelting. At it's peak, in approx 1911, Swansea is said to have had a population of over 700 people. The post office was established in 1909.

Directions:

From Phoenix, travel west on I-10 to the Vicksburg exit. Travel north to Vicksburg, then turn northwest on AZ 72 to Bouse. From Bouse, take Swansea Road north through Midway to the Swansea ghost town.

Activities:

This is a Cultural-Historic Site, please stay on pre-existing roads and trails. Hiking/Backpacking, Horseback Riding, Picnicking, Wildlife Viewing, Photography. Campfires and charcoal grills are permitted in developed recreation sites where fire rings or gills are provided.

 

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