And here's the shaft I got, the tunnel goes back about 40 feet and turns left.
I went back to Tombstone today to visit some property I have their. It's kind of out in the boondocks so I don't always get out there when I go to Tombstone. Speaking of boondocks, you may be wondering why I don't boondock on the Tombstone property and here's the answer.
The property is an old silver mine from the 1800s called the Sidewheel. And they named it that because it's on the side of a mountain. There's old mine roads going up to it but its definitely not someplace you would want to drag a trailer.
The entrance to the Sidewheel silver mine. The head frame is over a vertical shaft about 80 feet deep.
When I had a slide in camper on my truck I used to drive up to the mine and spend a couple of days up there absorbing all the history that permeates that area. I've always loved the history of Tombstone and I guess it's because the history has been so well documented. It's not just fantasy wild West history it's the real thing. You can go to the courthouse in Bisbee like I did, and look at mine ownership papers signed by Wyatt Earp and some of his brothers. You can go to the courthouse in Tombstone and read the court documents of the trial over the OK corral shoot out. You can go in the Birdcage Theatre and see the bullet holes in the wall, and touch the table that Doc Holliday played poker at. I don't know why but things like that are interesting to me.
The head frame over the Sidewheel shaft.Tombstone Arizona
The Sidewheel is in the mountains a couple of miles south of Tombstone, which is actually the area where most of the mines were. So the roads going out to that area are all narrow dirt mining roads which don't require four-wheel-drive but are definitely tough on a vehicle.
One day I would like to sell it, or maybe trade it for a piece of property that I could put the Arctic Fox on for a few weeks a year, but right now I don't get much use out of the property.
View from the Sidewheel silver mine Tombstone Arizona