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The Vulture Mine - former miner lodging
The Vulture Mine - machinery

The Vulture Mine was a gold mine and settlement in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The mine began in 1863 and became the most productive gold mine in Arizona history. From 1863 to 1942, the mine produced 340 thousand ounces of gold and 260 thousand ounces of silver.[1] Historically, the mine attracted more than 5,000 people to the area, and is credited with founding the town of Wickenburg, Arizona.

The Vulture Mine began when a prospector from California's gold rush, Henry Wickenburg, discovered a quartz deposit containing gold and began mining the outcrop himself. The deposit was later sold to Benjamin Phelps, who represented a group of investors that eventually organized under the name of Vulture Mining Company.

The privately-owned mine and town site are unrestored, but open for fee-based "at your own risk" self-guided tours.


Vulture Mine is located at 33°49′18″N 112°50′09″W / 33.82167°N 112.83583°W / 33.82167; -112.83583Coordinates: 33°49′18″N 112°50′09″W / 33.82167°N 112.83583°W / 33.82167; -112.83583.[2]


  1. ^ Jon E. Spencer and others, 1989, "Geology of the Vulture gold mine," Arizona Geology, v.19 n.4.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Vulture Mine

External links

[[Category:Settlements in Maricopa County, Arizona



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