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“A Few Buildings, Nice Nature Trail” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fairbank

Fairbank
Ranked #14 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.
Bisbee, Arizona
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A Few Buildings, Nice Nature Trail”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

There's not much left of this town, but it's an interesting stop if you're in the area. The old schoolhouse now serves as a visitor's center with pictures and information about the way the town used to be. A short walk on one of the trails will take you to one of the old railway stops, another will take you to the cemetery. Longer hikes will take you up and down the San Pedro Riparian area - lots of nature, birds and deer.

Visited May 2014
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Surprise, Arizona
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172 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Worthy of another visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

We stopped here on our way from Bisbee to Kartchner Caverns. There is a nice trail here that goes in several directions. We sort of wandered around, then ended up at the Fairbank townsite. There are quite a few buildings remaining. They were all closed when we visited, but still interesting. We also walked down to the river. If we had had more time, and were more prepared, we would have done a lot more exploring. We had been to the San Pedro Riparian Area - San Pedro house location earlier, and this was an opportunity to see more of the riparian area - something pretty rare in this part of Arizona. Definitely worth another visit.

Visited May 2014
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New Mexico
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29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A peek at a historic town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

I love the opportunity to walk through old townsites, abandoned homes etc. Having a few of these in one area is great. Knowing that there is an attempt to preserve this area is great. Was this place once a campground? Why are there water hookups throughout the town? The walk to the cemetery was beautiful, but the condition of the cemetery was disappointing, are there any historical documents showing who is buried where? The walk to the river was nice as you could see the remains of the railroad bed and what appears to be a loading deck. I would have loved to do the entire look and visit the remains of the mill nearby, but due to heat and time constraints we were unable to do this on this trip. Donate, Donate, Donate, they do not charge to visit, but if you are visiting be sure you pay them what you would if they did charge.

Visited April 2014
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Incline Village
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178 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

Nice visit. Deer cruising by. Lots of birds. Old Ghost Town still in good repair. Interesting stop. We are glad we stopped.

Visited March 2014
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Phoenix
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Birds!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

Fairbank is a ghost town. It was cool to see how things used to be. But, for me, the real attraction is the birding opportunities as it is next to the San Pedro Riparian area. Gray Hawks are common here.

Visited April 2014
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