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My urban exploring interests include exploring ghost towns and abandoned locations most people don’t know or tend to forget about. In April 2004 I went off-roading in Desert Mountains above Quartzsite Arizona and stumbled upon the Ghost Town of Swansea. This place was large with a half dozen semi destroyed structures and a few open mines. After exploring this place I was hooked.

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Unfortunately this was not a Butterfield Overland Mail Company stage station. It is also a long held myth that it was a Wells Fargo and American Express station. The Butterfield Trail is about to be designated a National Historic Trail by Congress. This structure will not be included in the National Park Service report. Wells Fargo never operated on the Southern/Butterfield Trail as a stagecoach company with their own logo on the transom rail. They did not operate until mid-1867 and on the Central Trail when the scraped of the "Pioneer Stage Line" logo of the line the took over, and added their own name to the transom rail.

I was an 18-year-old kid from Texas out on my own in 1964 and 1965, seeing the country. I was living in Phoenix and went to work at the Trotter Track when it opened, grooming horses for a trainer from California named Russell Valley Key. I remember opening night and what a grand affair that was. I had never seen anything like it. It's sad seeing these photos and what has become of that track. After it closed at the end of the opening season I moved on to California to Santa Anita Race Track working for the same trainer, then on to Chicago before a stint in Vietnam.

Actually, my grandmother was born here and lived in this house with her family until she grew up and married my granfather. She, her parents, and 7 other siblings called this place home.

I grew up in that house. It was built by my maternal great grandfather. There was also a "spring house" to the west of the main house and a cistern at the rear porch. Water came from a spring on the hill above the house. My brothers and I dug the outhouse.

Like this a lot ghosttownaz! I use to stop here in my 18 wheeler on the way back from El Paso to stretch my legs.

greetings from Texas, henry

When you visited this location, did you run across any locked gates or metal lines blocking the roadway?

Grafton Historic Ghost Town | The site was first settled in December 1859 as part of a southern Utah cotton-growing project ordered by Brigham Young. A group from Virgin led by Nathan Tenney established a new settlement they called Wheeler. Wheeler didn’t last long; it was largely destroyed on the night of January 8, 1862 by a weeks-long flood of the Virgin River, part of the Great Flood of 1862. The rebuilt town, about a mile upriver, was named New Grafton, after Grafton, Massachusetts. The town grew quickly in its first few years. There were some 28 families by 1864, each farming about an acre of land. Detailed Map



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