Saturday, February 7, 2015

AJO - Sight Seeing

Sight-seeing is something we haven't done in quite a while.  No time, no energy.  Today we took in the sights of the little town of Ajo in southern Arizona.  Present population is about 4.000, many retired. 

Until 1984 the Phelps Dodge mine employed 3,000.  The mine shut down because the price of copper got too low to keep running it.

Depth to bottom = 1200 ft.  "lake" at the bottom is 120 ft. deep.  Each one of those ridges is 40 below the next and the track (used to be trains that brought the ore out) is 40 ft. wide.  Mind boggling!

We explored the town plaza.  Plaza was built in 1914.  It was built by the mining company for their workers.

There are lots of little shops, a couple of restaurants and the library.  We looked at real estate prices and perhaps one day we will buy a little house here and spend winters here and summers in Canada.  A 3 bedroom house with everything (some furnished) go for about $60,000.  The little town has a pretty good grocery store, and everything you need.

Don't think this place would go for $60,000 though.  One of the original homes in Ajo

Lots of homes have murals.  We liked this one best.
From town we drove out to the community golf course for the fiddling competition.  Fiddlers of all ages (6 yrs to 89 yrs) from all over the states come of a two day competition.  It was totally enjoyable.  Hot in the hall but we made it.  Toe stomping music indeed.

The youngest fiddler was just 6 years old.  The eldest was a month short of 90 years old.  One family who has just moved to Ajo from New York City had 5 competitors; Mom, Dad, and boys 6, 9 and 12 years old.

He will be 90

The woman competitor was one of the younger adults - in the 60 - 80 year old category

She is 12 and from Casa Grande

The 12 year old's 6 year old sister
Tomorrow we are up early and on to Casa Grande.  Stay tuned.


Wanderin' said...

Sounds like you've definitely found a place you could enjoy spending time at especially if you're thinking you could settle there. We've been there once but don't remember too much of what we saw. It was quite some time ago.

Jim and Sandie said...

We really do need to check that place out. I love fiddlers.

George Yates said...

Thanks for the tour around, we had planned on checking out Ajo this year, but......

Peter + Beatrix said...

Just a few years ago we have been sitting in the same community hall listening to a jamboree of western musicians.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Our friends, Pam and John, were there the same day as you two. They really enjoyed the fiddlers too. What a great experience.

Sue B said...

safe travels to Casa Grande! full hookups and endless hot shower!