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Goldfield, later Youngsberg was a gold mining town, now a ghost town northeast of Apache Junction in Pinal County, Arizona.

Goldfield, Arizona
Goldfield Arizona



Probably named for the many mines around it, Goldfield was created by the rush that followed the discovery of gold in the vicinity in 1892. The community reached its maximum of about 4000 residents with a general store, hotel, post office, and school. The Goldfield Post Office was established on October 7, 1893 with James L Patterson as its first Postmaster. By late 1897 the gold mines had played out and the population moved out leaving a ghost town. The Goldfield post office was discontinued on November 2, 1898.


After several years a small community evolved on the site of the old ghost town. It was named Youngsberg in honor of George U. Young, the Arizona Territorial Secretary from 1909 to 1910. When mines were opened nearby, a mill and cyanide plant was installed reviving the town. A Youngsberg Post Office was established on March 15, 1920, but when the mines again played out the town was deserted and the post office was discontinued on October 30, 1926.

The site today

The Goldfield Gunfighters
The Goldfield Gunfighters
"Buffalo Shilo" During a Free Show
"Buffalo Shilo" During a Free Show
"Tumbleweed" from the Golfdield Gunfighters

This site is now home to the Goldfield Ghost Town tourist destination. The site features gunfights, train rides on the 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad, several tours, and gold panning.

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