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If you enjoy the history and photographic opportunities ghost towns offer, then Chloride, Arizona has it all.  Chloride is respectively called a living ghost town, that’s because it’s a ghost town but not really a ghost town, because people still call it home. Just north of Kingman, and south of Boulder City, Nevada, 250 people call it their town.  They have even had a few Hollywood movies filmed in and around the town adding the towns people as extras. As you arrive in town this old gas station will quickly capture your attention. The old gas pumps and advertisers signage are visual reminders of days gone by.  Today, the pumps are silent, the garage is closed and the drive through is a patio for it’s current residence. The tracks running across the front of the station are a stark reminder of the silver mines that supported the town and it’s 1500 residences during the height of the town. The main road into town is paved, but the side streets are dirt. This old town is sprinkled with collections of yard art, old tractors and mining equipment. We were not able to walk around the town much, the sand was soft and deep which limited our photo opportunities. There is a lot to see and the locals were friendly to us and our cameras. If you drive to the end of the main road into town you will see a sign for the painted rocks and petroglyphs. The murals on the rocks where painted between 1966 and 1967 by Roy Purcell a professional artist, once completed he named it “The Journey”.  The only problem is, if you don’t have a 4-wheel drive you will have to walk the sandy 1.3 mile dirt road to reach these desert wonders. Unfortunately that was out of the question even for my electric wheelchair.

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