It's the kind of place you thought only existed in movies--scary movies, sad movies, Western movies, bad movies. But the "living ghost town" of Chloride, Arizona is as real as it gets.
Once a thriving silver mining town of 2500 people, this tiny dot on the map of the Mohave Desert all but died when the mines closed in the 1940s. Folks moved on to decidedly greener pastures. But a few stayed. Then a few more joined them. Some retirees found their way up the two-lane road and decided to stay. The almost forgotten little town grew back up to about 350 people today.
These folks are proud of their Town at the End of the Road. They've decorated their yards with whimsical and bizarre metal sculptures made from old mining debris, found objects and broken bottles. They dance on weekends to live music at Yesterday's Restaurant. They shop at The Store...so-called because The Mineshaft Market is the only game in town.
Travelers who make their way to Chloride are invariably glad they did. They poke around in the century-old jail, peek at the old Santa Fe Railroad station or visit the museum for a glimpse of how life used to be when the mines were alive and digging.
Go ahead, make that turn, the one at milepost 53 on Highway 93, north of Kingman, AZ . Drive the 3 1/2 miles up those two lanes of asphalt till the road ends and you're there. A stop at the Visitors' Center inside the Mineshaft Market will yield up a friendly hello, a map of the town, some cheerful advice and a cold beer.