HISTORY
Chloride, Arizona is an old mining camp that never quite died. Consisting of about 250 residents, this ghost town former silver mining camp still has the flavor of the old west in some of its buildings, terrain, deserted mines and the reenactment gun fights on Saturdays at noon.
 
 | PO Box 100 Chloride, AZ 86431 | 928 565-4251

A wise man once said that "history is the myth you choose to believe."

Well, let's see if we can give you some of Chloride's "myths" or truths as believed by the citizenry of this fine little village.

Depending on what you read or to whom you speak, Chloride had its beginnings in the early 1860s - 1862 or 1863. The reason for its beginning is pretty well agreed upon. Silver, Silver Chloride! Hence, the name of the village….Chloride. Many metals were actually mined in Chloride including gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper, molybdenum, and vanadium with silver being the predominate ore. Soldiers from Fort Mohave were more interested in the gold and silver than maintaining law and order. Until a peace treaty was signed with the Native Americans, no one else was too interested in the area until after 1870.

Several mining camps were started in the Cerbat Mountains after the treaty including Mineral Park, Cerbat and Chloride. They are still mining copper at Mineral Park today. The Butterfield Stage served Chloride from 1868 through 1919 and the Santa Fe Railroad came into town from 1898 until 1935. All the major mining in Chloride was finished as of about 1944. Prices to extract ore went up and man power became scarce as of World War II and things just trickled to a halt. Population in Chloride was over 2,000 people during the high point of mines; 1900 to 1920.

As with many mining towns, they were built of wood and many original buildings were lost to fires. However, there are still a few of the originals around; the old bank vault, the 2 room jail, the old Santa Fe Railroad Station, and the post office is today located in what was once the old pool hall. That same post office (though it has changed locations) is said to be the oldest continually functioning post office in Arizona.

Today, Chloride is a peaceful community of approximately 250 people. The mines are closed, the residents are active, semi-retired, retired, business people, families and artists who enjoy a relaxed lifestyle in the village. Some say Chloride doesn't have any ordinary people living here - just characters! That may be true!