A Very Cherry Ghost Town

Tim and I were exploring Mingus Mountain last week and had driven almost 20 miles into the State Forest when we came upon the Ghost Town of Cherry, Arizona. It was very well preserved and we were particularly taken with the Cherry Cemetery. It dates from 1886, although some of the stones were older and many of the infant graves were unmarked except for the word Baby.

This town has no gas station or grocery, but we did find a bed and breakfast and a farm stand with cherries on the fences! A water tank and part of the fire house were still standing and someone had decorated an old mining cart and renamed it the Cherry Express.

The town was vacant except for a few mining cabins that had been fixed up as weekend vacation places from what we could tell. Cherry Creek was a dry riverbed and there was no place to eat lunch, so we sat under some mesquites near the cemetery and got out our cooler thankful that we had brought along 5 extra gallons of gas for our buggy!

The old cherry hill water tower!

The old cherry hill water tower!

I almost snuck this Cherry Fire House sign home!!

I almost snuck this Cherry Fire House sign home!!

A cherry locomotive!

A cherry locomotive!

I seriously wanted to take this fence home!!

I seriously wanted to take this fence home!!

The sign for Cherry Creek

The sign for Cherry Creek

The cherry cemetery. Cheery cherry cemetery? Maybe not...lol

The cherry cemetery. Cheery cherry cemetery? Maybe not…lol

MacDonald's cherry farm!

MacDonald’s cherry farm!

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