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Chloride Arizona -Ghost Town and More!

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Chloride is a mining ghost town, but it never completely died, and therefor has the old abandoned buildings and mining equipment,  not having completely died it also has restaurants, gift shops, a silversmith, art gallery’s and more.  At one time chloride had over 72 mines operating.  Many of the old shafts, tunnels and tailings are still there but explore at your own risk.

One of the better known attractions in Chloride are murals painted by Roy Purcell.

Gunfights are held on Saturdays at high noon in Cyanide Springs an old west backdrop in the heart of Chloride.

Chloride is home to a very large collection of “Yard Art”, some people may call it junk.

What to Photograph:

The town itself, the old bank, old train station, jail, Cyanide Springs, murals, mines, and mine shafts. There are lots of trails for hiking, biking, off road riding, and horseback riding. Above the town are two BLM campgrounds: Windy Point and Packsaddle. From this vantage point a person can see land in four different states: Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. The view is absolutely spectacular.

Cost:

No fee for the area, but most of the land is private property, please respect the landowners rights.

Best Time to Visit:

Anytime

Where it is:

Chloride is located about two hours east of Las Vegas NV

Directions:

Between Kingman, AZ and Boulder City, NV, just a few miles off the major  highway US 93, main corridor from Mexico to Canada. Turn east at mile post marker 53, onto Mohave County Rte 125 and drive 4 miles to Chloride.

GPS:

N 35 25.056    w 114 16,434

Interactive Google Map

Use the map + – controls to zoom in and out, use the Map drop-down to change to “Map”, “Satellite”, “Hybrid”, or “Terrain” views. Drag the little man icon from the upper left corner to a map location for street level view. Click on a pushpin for more information about the Photographic Destination, then click on the title to go to the location page.

Links:

Roy Purcell GalleryChloride History

Local Contact Information:

Chloride Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 268 Chloride, AZ  86431

(928) 565-2204

 

Tips for the Photographer

Equipment:

You can use a variety of equipment with all of the different things that there are to photograph.  You will most certainly want to bring a polarizing filter.

Photography Tips:

Chloride is located in the desert, that means lots of sunshine (about 350 days a year) making for high contrast during the day.  Shooting in the early morning or late evening will give better light.This is a great place to do HDR photography.


Chloride Post Office, the oldest continously operated post office in the state of Arizona.

Cyanide Springs, where gunfights are held on Saturday at "High Noon"

Cyanide Springs, where gunfights are held on Saturday at “High Noon”

Chloride as seen from the Purcell Murals

Chloride as seen from the Purcell Murals  in the mountains around Chloride

Murals outside of Chloride originally conceived and painted by Roy Purcell in 1996-1997 and then restored May 27-June 2 2006 by Roy Purcell and artists under his direction.  The Murals rise to a height of 30 feet and cover approximately 2000 square feet.  The murals are located up a very rough and steep dirt road, about a mile and a half from Chloride.  They are easy to find,  just drive through Chloride and follow the signs.090702IMG_2408

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Mural near Chloride Arizona painted by Roy Purcell.

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There is plenty to photograph in the desert including cactus and and desert wildlife.090702IMG_2202

Cactus near Chloride Arizona

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Chlordie "Yard Art"

 

Chloride Photo Gallery

Click Here for full page gallery

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Greg Disch is a freelance photographer located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Greg specializes in nature, scenic, wildlife, and other outdoor subjects in Arkansas and other areas of the country. Greg also shoots portraits and event photography and is available for assignments.  Greg teaches photography classes and workshops in Arkansas and other locations.  Most of the images on this site are available for sale as prints, personal use, or rights managed stock photos.

 

 


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