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Chloride, according to its Chamber of Commerce, is the "oldest continuously inhabited mining town in the state of Arizona." It was founded about 1863. The Santa Fe reached Chloride in 1898, but Fred Harvey never operated a lunch room there.
While technically Chloride is not a ghost town (it has a population of 150), it has the ambience of one. The pump on the gas station reads 35 1/2 cents per gallon. A number of old buildings from the area have been pulled together to create an old western town (Cyanide Springs) where gunfights are staged a couple of times a month.
Chloride also boasts a LARGE collection of yard art, along with Ray Purcell murals. To get to the murals you need a 4WD vehicle or a willingness to take a short walk.