Da man himself Henry Wickenburg owner of the vulture mine and founder of the town of Wickenburg Arizona
I was going to write about dealing with holding tanks while Boondocking today but I decided to give my brain a rest and write about something that doesn't stress what few working brain cells I still have left and save the holding tanks for tomorrow. So instead I decided to write about something that's all warm and fluffy.
I took a walk downtown today, I've driven through Wickenburg a lot but I never actually stopped and walked around, which was a shame because it's actually a very nice little town. It's not very big so it's easy to walk around the whole place. It's got a couple of museums, and a whole lot of statues scattered around the town. The statues are part of the town's claim to fame, they represent parts of the town's history.
Thanks for the rain
The people are friendly and the whole town has the ambiance of an old western town. The town's history was mostly of mining and ranching which is still going on today. And the fact that it IS still going on today gives the town an authenticity that most little tourist towns don't have.
A lot of little towns in the West have a rodeo arena because other than high school sports on a Friday night, the rodeo arena may be the only source of entertainment. And the fact that this is a real ranching town is evidenced by the fact that there are TWO rodeo arenas. I would say that I see almost as many horse trailers in town as I do RVs, and that's saying a lot because this is definitely an RV town.
Downtown Wickenburg Arizona
There are a lot of good restaurants in town, and a few things to see and do including a mine tour of the old vulture mine. The mine tour is only given on Saturdays and I would really like to go before I leave town, but every Saturday I'm always doing something else and haven't gotten around to taking the tour yet. The Vulture gold mine was a really big deal in Arizona, and in fact the city of Phoenix started out as a place to supply the Vulture mines needs.
Somewhere west of Wall Street
Water tank downtown Wickenburg Arizona
All in all Wickenburg is a nice place to be, it's got most everything RVers need, and there's plenty of Boondocking areas outside of town. And Everybody I've met have been nice friendly folks. But if I had to complain about something I guess it would be the prices at the two grocery stores in town. There's no serious competition so both of them have very high prices. I guess that's what happens when the nearest Walmart is 50 or 60 miles away.
This will be me when the grocery stores find out I mentioned Walmart in my blog