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“A walk back through time.”
Review of Fairbank

Ranked #15 of 32 things to do in Tombstone
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Owner description: Once a railroad supply town of 100 people, Fairbank has since been abandoned.
Buena Park, California
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99 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“A walk back through time.”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Walk through the Ghost town and be brought back through time. Fairbank was a railroad supply point and stage terminal. The town had about 100 people and a Wells Fargo office, store, restaurant, meat market, saloon, and a mill. Fairbank is actually about 10 miles from Tombstone and was a satellite community to Tombstone who came about due to the construction of New Mexico & Arizona Railroad. This short line were connection between Southern Pacific track in Benson and border town Nogales. There is a maintained old schoolhouse that you can walk through and the kids can get the feel of what it was like to go to a school in the old west. Several well maintained trail to hike and explore by foot or horseback. One trail will take you to the towns old cemetery that is in surprisingly fair condition for not being maintained. So much history came through this small town with many shootouts and At the time of the gunfight near the OK Corral, Fairbank was the railroad rail-head nearest to Tombstone. Following Virgil's ambushing and Morgan Earp's murder in early 1882, it was at Fairbank's train depot that the Earp clan boarded the train with Morgan's body for the trip to California via Tucson. If visiting Tombstone make Fairbank a definite stop on your trip !!!!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Michael S
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Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A True Ghost Town”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Occupied continuously from 1881 to 1973 Fairbank now truly qualifies as a ghost town. Some of the original buildings exist plus an adobe school that replaced an earlier one that burned down.
Not much Is left from the days when it was a busy center of ranching, railroads and commerce. The highest population was during the 1910s when the number was 200.
A quaont gift shop and visitor center located in the old school Is the liveliest płace in town.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Robert M
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Bisbee, Arizona
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best historic day hike!”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Love this history. Worth the walk to the cemetery and old mine sites. Great selection in the gift store. Easy access - right off the main road.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank nakeddogdesigns
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Cutar, Spain
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133 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Stop by on the way to Tombstone”
Reviewed 23 December 2013

Out of Tucson took 10 East, then 90 south, then 82 east on the way to Tombstone. If you do this like we did you will pass Fairbank on your left. Don't speed or you could pass it. Once there we found the schoolhouse was nice and there was a helpful (and interesting/a little different) employee working there. Beyond the schoolhouse almost the entire town is gone. Unless you ask it is not obvious where the rail lines were or what the layout of the town really was. It is nice that Fairbank is not a mini-Tombstone as nothing similar is needed. We would have walked around more if it is was not 48 outside with wind and rain showers. Some of the other buildings were also closed off, which was disappointing.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank jilltim
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Fairbank Schoolhouse and Ghost Town”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

This is outside of Tombstone.
The name is the Fairbank Schoolhouse, but the reality of the situation is that this is a true Ghost Town from 1881 era when places like Tombstone were brimming with miners and 'gold diggers' of all types.

Fairbank was named after Nathanial Kellogg Fairbank a 'money man' who helped found the Grand Central Mining Company and also helped fund the railroads at Fairbank.

Fairbank, along the bank of the San Pedro River was the crossing point for regional railroads (New Mexico and Arizona Railroad, and the Arizona and Southwestern Railroads.

When driving south of I-10 you can drive all the way to the Mexican border without fear of being stopped by U.S.A. Border Patrol checkpoints, but when returning, i.e., driving north you will be stopped at checkpoints. The route above has a checkpoint at the intersection of AZ-80 and AZ-82, and another a mile or two above the intersection of AZ-82 and AZ-90 on AZ-90. Thus, if you are 'smoking' funny things then air out the vehicle; or your appearance is not that of a U.S.A. citizen, then have the proper credentials.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank christopher j
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