2018 Winter travel blog

Wickenburg 1890



Candy's new washer

Stagecoach Model

Navajo Rugs

Female Saddle

Navajo Blanket

We drove a little northwest of Phoenix today to the city of Wickenburg AZ. It is about an hour drive but it is thru the desert of Arizona. A German named Henry Wickenburg was one of the first prospectors. His efforts were rewarded with the discovery of the Vulture Mine, from which more than $30 million worth of gold has been dug. At present time only about 7,000 people live in Wickenburg.

Wickenburg has a lot of tourist stores but the main trip was to visit the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. There is a lot of art paintings from the local people and displays of what the town looked like in the mid 1870’s. In the second building was the interesting items that we wanted to see. They had it set up like the old town with several items from that era. We really enjoy this visit. This is one of the hidden gems of the west. Most of the artifacts are from Steve Getzwiller who has collected over 45 years of native people of the southwest items. He made many trips to the Navajo Reservation to collect the blankets, rugs and paintings that are displayed.

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