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Plum Valley Cabins

As I try to do often while en route to one place, I tell my GPS not to use highways, and end up finding something else. This was such a place.

Along the side of the road, a house and a string of small cabins that were obviously rented out to passers by. I'm not sure what may have caused the small business's demise. Perhaps the Interstate bypassed the area too far away. Perhaps the owners simply gave up the business for a retirement home in Florida.

Osceola Mine 13

History: 

Copper mining began on this site as early as 1873.

On September 7, 1895, a fire broke out on the 27th level of Shaft 3 and was intensified by the timbers used to support the mine. At the time, over 200 people were underground. Of those, 30 people were killed, including 4 boys. All of them appeared to have died of smoke inhalation, and all bodies were eventually recovered.

Flaxton House

A target of opportunity as I was driving along on vacation through North Dakota, this house sat abandoned by the side of the road. There were some interesting items left behind, and a shirt in the closet that bore the emblem of the Arizona State Police.