Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Last week I needed a break from the grind and had to “get out of Dodge” (which in my case is L.A.). I’ve been to our local deserts many times, but this time I wanted to go a bit farther.  Booking a seat on an airline I’d never heard of (Great Lakes Airlines), my good friend Michael and I took a short flight to Prescott, then drove less than 30 minutes to Jerome, Arizona.  There we shot up the town (with our cameras) and being a Wednesday morning, the place was mostly deserted.

Further down the road we discovered one of the finest “ghost town” locales I’ve ever encountered.  The place is called Gold King Mine and Ghost Town, and its owner / proprietor looks like he stepped straight out of the 60’s.  Not the 1960’s, we’re talking the 1860’s.  Don Robertson purchased the property 31 years ago and began depositing what can only be described as the most eclectic assemblage of 19th and 20th century “artifacts” you’ll find rusting in the desert anywhere.

If  you’re a creative director looking for a truly unique location, or a photographer like myself who has a special place in your heart for photographing “rust and dust”, this place is authentic, genuine and well worth a trip.  Heck, even getting there is an adventure.  Drop me a line if you want more information on this unique place in Jerome, Arizona, or would like to set up a photo trip with me.

Don Robertson Gold King Mine and Ghost Town

Antique dusty typewriter

Studebaker truck

Broken Headlight

Old West Graffiti

Tractor Engine antique

Abandoned vehicle in the desert

Ford Truck interior with HDR

Fire Hydrant in Jerome

This old fire hydrant is encased in concrete

1960's volkswagen beetle

Two streets in Jerome Arizona

Don Robertson of Jerome Arizona


  1. Gretchen H says

    great photos, Larry. You really captured the spirit of “days gone by-by!”

  2. Mike Goodrich says

    What great pictures! Your old-timer shots are really capture a true “westerner” in his whole demeanor. Also, loved the commentary in the blog. Glad you’re exploring the “photo tourism” angle.

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