NAME: Red Rover
COUNTY: Maricopa
CLIMATE: Mild winter, hot summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Winter, spring, fall
COMMENTS: Privately owned. Obtain permission before going or wait at the gate until you are approached. An unbelievable amount of original buildings etc... are left
REMAINS: Unbelievable how many buildings, mining equipment and other things remain.
Red Rover, originally called the Bridal Chamber, was a gold, silver, and copper mine. Original claims were made in 1883 but it is rumored the mine was discovered in 1822. Very little is known of the history of the mine and town but it would seem there were at least a few hundred residents. The town has changed hands many times in the last thirty years and the mines have even been very sporadically operated. It is rumored Red Rover is in the Guinness Book of World Records because the light bulbs in the mine still worked after all these years. It is rumored there is a complete tool shed with all the tools at a considerable distance down the main mine shaft. The mill has crumbled but the wood and foundations remained. The buildings are left as if the people just got up and left in a hurry, still with furniture and even a piano in one building. The first building you come to even had steer horns still mounted on the wall. Many have tried to take pictures of the inside of this building without success. Could be the town is haunted.