Rally98 a Huge Sucess
12, 1998 was the first ever Ghosttowns.com Rally held in Crown
King, Arizona. It was a great success and a fun time for everyone.
Ghosttowns.com Rally98 Attendees
a few transportation problems the day went smoothly and attendees
were able to meet each other and start new friendships.
The Rally was supposed to start
at 9AM, but a motorhome fire and a Volkswagon rally brought traffic
on I-17 to a standstill and delayed most attendees arrival for
30 minutes to an hour. At 10AM, after coffee, muffins and pie,
the Rally started with Rich Rayls from Ghosttowns.com talking
about the website and some special promotions we had going on
at the time.
Next, Todd Underwood from Ghosttowns.com
talked about the history of the area and some of the technical
side of the website, and then we were off to visit the first
site, the Crown King mill, Harrington house, and the old assay
office of the Crowned King mine. The pictures to the left and
right are at the Crowned King mill site in front of the assay
office and the Harrington house.
Next, we caravaned up the hill
to the site of the Crowned King mine. Unfortunately, just after
the mine we were to see some of the buildings left at the site
but the road was blocked with a downed tree and piled rocks and
we were forced to turn around on the single lane four-wheel drive
road. It was a tough turnaround but we managed. The only bad
thing is that we were unable to see the buildings at the Crowned
We retraced our steps to the Mill
restaurant in Crown King for a great lunch and more story swapping.
The mill served an excellent meal with the biggest sandwiches
you've ever seen!
lunch the group piled back into the vehicles and we headed down
a pretty challenging single lane four-wheel drive road to the
ghost town of Oro Belle. We had to get out a few times and build
the road back up with rocks so we could make it through. There
was a lot of traffic on the single lane road including an abandoned
vehicle (flat tire, the white blazer in the picture bottom left)
in the middle of the road and another group towing a broken down
After taking pictures and exploring
at Oro Belle, we headed back to the Mill restaurant to say our
goodbyes. It was a great day for all and many new friends were
made. We look foward to seeing everyone again at the next rally!
Below are the pictures of the attendees. You might recognize
some of them as many have contributed a lot to this website and
are regulars on the bulletin board.