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CarolM

San Bernardino, United States

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Castle Dome Museum, Yuma, Arizona. Castle Dome, a small mining settlement which first produced silver and later lead. The mine did not last very long. The post office opened in 1875 and closed in 1876.

Stephanie and Allen Armstrong saw Castle Dome in 1992. In 1993, while searching around Yuma for property, they stopped for gas. Allen asked the attendant if he knew of land for sale. The attendant said Castle Dome was and pointed to an old man sitting on a bench outside who was the owner. The two bought the town. It consisted of 26 acres withing the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. For years no one ever went there. It was too far away and the summers were hot. In 1994, the Armstrongs learned that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, decided to clear public land in the Castle Dome District of debris from its mining past. Allen went to the refuge manager and asked, If he cleared the land himself, could he keep the items? The manager agreed. The property had two shacks. From neighboring areas, they salvaged 10 ramshakle buildings and moved them to Castle Dome. They decorated the museum with pieces retrieved from the mineshafts crisscrossing the property, rappelling into 150-foot holes that no one had entered in decades. They found a treasure of historical items; period bottles with labels affixed, tobacco cans, carbide for miners’ lights, records of ore yields, working matches, readable newspapers, personal items and documents with names on them. They researched the people behind them, and the almost-lost story of Castle Dome City. In 12 years, they’ve added 15 more structures. What started as a hobby, became their job. They really enjoy giving people a chance to see how things were. Today, the museum they created is open to the public.

Castle Dome, one of the longest-worked mining regions in Arizona, goes back to the 1600s when the Spanish had significant mining operations there.The government’s need for lead to make bullets brought another boom to Castle Dome during World War I.&II.

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