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8331 Oatman Rd, Golden Valley, AZ
Lowell Ed Edgarton built Ed's Camp in 1919 as a sort of one
stop shop for people traveling through the area. The main trading post
building and the Kactus Cafe building are still standing. The Texaco pumps
and station are gone. A small building on the west side of the site that
apparently had a couple of cabins that travelers could rent for the night
still stands. A camping area called Little Meadows offered tent and trailer
camping spots for those who preferred being closer to nature, or simply
couldn't afford the cabin rent.
Ed's Camp is a bit more than a mile west of Cool Springs on Oatman
GPS: 35.033673, -114.326270
Hungry travelers could get a meal at the Kactus Cafe next to the trading
post building. The sign posts still stand out front near the road. When
these photo's were taken in 2013 the buildings and property were showing
more than a little wear and tear.
Lowell Edgerton was an accomplished minerologist and even has an ore
named after him "Edgertonite". He worked on his own mining
business as well as being a a consultant for many mining companies in
the area. His main focus was rare earth minerals.
About 2-1/2 miles west of Ed's Camp on the left side of the road there
is a pull-out and stone stairs to reach the Shaffer's Fish Bowl. There
may be a memorial plaque to Shaffer there. I haven't climbed up to the
Fish Bowl, but this is the stairs by the parking pullout.
GPS: (Shafer's Fish Bowl) 35.038848, -114.356360
Photo(s): 2013 2019