- October 26, 2012
- By admin
- In Area History, Fun things to do in Yuma, Ghost Towns
Dome ghost town was originally Swiveler’s Station, 20 miles east of Fort Yuma, on the Butterfield Overland Mail route, a post office was established in 1858. It was first under the name of Gila City the nearby boomtown 1 1/2 mile west of Dome but the post office closed July 14, 1863. Most of the town was swept away in a flood in early 1862, It was totally abandoned after the La Paz Gold Rush Struck. After the railroad passed by the site and an attempt to do large scale mining of the placers began, a new post office was established as “Dome” in 1892 but soon closed when the attempt failed. Subsequently it opened and closed several times before finally closing in 1940.
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