TWO GUNS, A DESERTED GHOST TOWN & THE APACHE DEATH CAVE

TWO GUNS, A DESERTED GHOST TOWN

& THE APACHE DEATH CAVE

 Two Guns, AZ January 2017

 

This was a very cool, random find. We spent most of the day here and had plenty to explore.  Unlike most ghost towns, this one was completely deserted.  There was no tourist type set up here.  No gimmicks, no entrance fee, and only a couple of other random people.  One of which, had a huge husky that got loose then lost.    We were eating lunch outside of the van and had Xander out, when I see this beast running our way.  My first thought was, “Is that a wolf!?!?”  Ridiculous, I know!  Anyways the poor thing was panicking because it couldn’t find its owner. This huge dog was sprinting directly at us and we rushed to get Xander inside and James almost shot him as he continued to charge us. He came right up to us smelled us and turned around and left our camp.  We flagged down the owner and finally the pup made it back safely. I didn’t see the car that it came from because it was very far away.

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So back to the ghost town.  There is a very interesting story behind this town, I suggest you check it out here.  http://www.placesthatwere.com/2015/07/apache-death-cave-and-curse-of-two-guns.html In short, there was a peculiar man who called himself Two Guns and claimed to be Apache.  He developed the area to attract travelers on Route 66.  He even put up a zoo.  He also came across a cave where an Apache raiding party of 42 were killed by the Navajo. It was named “The Apache Death Cave”.  He turned that into a tourist attraction as well.  Story goes that it cursed him because he got mauled twice by a mountain lions from his own zoo and even a Gila monster that got a hold of his arm.  The town was rebuilt a few times.  There was definitely a deserted feeling to it.  All the structures were built with giant pieces of rock and mud.  Part of the zoo is still standing.  I can see why his mountain lion attacked him.  The enclosures were terribly small.

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James, being braver than I, even ventured upstairs in one of the buildings.  He said it was still very solid up there.  I took his word for it.  There was an outhouse that was still standing.  Just a small room with four holes in a wooden bench.  I’d hate to be the guy who has to clean that thing out!

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We found the Apache Death Cave.  There was a horizontal “ladder” made from wood that led you down into the opening of the cave.  It was a very eerie feeling.  Maybe it was just because we knew the history.  Not far after you enter the cave there was a little room that was built up with small flat rocks.  Who knows when or who did that.  As we ventured farther into the cave you could see where it had fallen in before.  Some spots you could even see daylight (a little scary).  We also saw a tiny little bat taking a nap on one of the rocks.  It was kind of cute.  The cave went on for what seemed like miles, but I’m sure was only a half mile or so and of course it was cold.  Something about that cold stale air adds to the eeriness of the cave.  At the last part of the cave it got so narrow that you had to suck it in and squeeze by sideways.  We finally got as far as we could fit and turned back.

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Just a few hundred yards past the old stone buildings was a newer deserted area.  It must have been one of the new attempts to ignite the town.  These buildings were covered in graffiti.  Some poetic, some funny, and some very artistic.  I love finding buildings like this.  We snapped a few pictures and wondered around the buildings when we found a can of spray paint that still had paint in it!  So of course, we had to leave our mark.  It is safe to say that graffiti artist is not in our future.

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We drove down a dirt road a little ways and decided to post up there for the night.  It was peacefully and quiet.  Finding old places like this with history makes you really respect the way life was so long ago.

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