Once home to people living off the silver mines near Cerbat Mountains, Chloride Mining Town is now a tourist’s delight and offers a true taste of the Wild West. The approach to Chloride, Ariz., from Las Vegas is a lesson in Southwest landscapes. Driving by New Deal-era, government-planned Boulder City, you’ll pass over the thriving burg’s raison d’etre — Hoover Dam and the Colorado River’s vast chasm. Seventy miles down the road, you’ll soon realize the old reason people came way out West — ore.
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Chloride was the home of thousands of people living off the silver mines in the nearby Cerbat Mountains. Now it’s the salt-of-the-earth residence of a few hundred souls. But with weekend re-enactments of gunslinging, bullet-ridden brush-ups and a preserved boardwalked old town, it’s a true slice of the Wild West. Today’s Chloride is also all about crystals and color.
As the desert doesn’t yield many garden variety flowers, residents adorn their yards with glinting glass art. Las Vegas, the wild and wooly Old West still exists. And up a canyon road, tinted rock faces frame famous murals painted by artist Roy Purcell. Stop in at the Mineshaft Market and official information center, where Donna Meyer and her fellow homesteaders will point out town highlights.
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