The Vulture Mine began in 1863 when Henry Wickenburg, a prospector from California’s gold rush, discovered a quartz outcropping containing gold. Shortly after the mine was established a small mining town was developed. It was called Vulture City. The town once had a population of several thousand citizens with amenities including a mess hall and post office. Wickenburg worked the mine by himself and began to sell the gold ore to other prospectors. He established an encampment which he named Wickenburg’s Ranch in 1866. 

The Vulture Mine played an instrumental and pivotal role in the founding and development of the town of Wickenburg. 

Today many of the attractions in Vulture City are being restored. With over 12 faithfully restored buildings and countless artifacts, a tour of the mine provides a glimpse of the mining culture and lifestyle in the American Southwest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors are invited to explore the heart of the once-booming mining town. 


Event: Henry Wickenburg’s 200th Birthday

Date and Time: Friday, November 22nd, 2019 – 6 PM to 10 PM
Location: Vulture City Ghost Town, 36610 N 355th Ave, Wickenburg Arizona 85390
Description: Henry Wickenburg’s 200th Birthday celebration will be held in beautiful Wickenburg, Arizona November 21-24, 2019. This landmark birthday celebrates the founder of a unique western town and the world-renowned Vulture Mine, and an early pioneer who helped to settle our state. The event will be geared toward the entire family and will include history, tours, a special dinner at Vulture City, concert, country dancing, children’s activities, a street market, and much more! 


Stay at Los Viajeros Inn in Wickenburg to join the celebration of Henry Wickenburg’s 200th Birthday 

Los Viajeros Inn is in the historic and charming Wickenburg, Arizona. Los Viajeros, which translates to “travelers”, is a desert oasis for those traveling across the beautiful Arizona landscape looking for a spacious, comfortable, affordable, and friendly place to rest their heads. Enjoy comfortable and affordable hotel rooms with all the amenities you’ve come to expect at a luxury hotel. 

With so many exciting attractions and things to do in Wickenburg, AZ, you will never be short on entertainment. Wickenburg also offers performances at Del E. Webb Performing Arts CenterThe Desert Caballeros Western Museum and Saguaro Theater. For outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll never be short on hiking trails, horseback riding, golfing, roping/rodeos, airplanes, and ranches. 

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