Yuma Online Art Gallery, art by deb welcomes local artist Barney Mcclaskey a member of Village Art Gallery as he joins us in sharing his paintings on the world wide web.

 Good Luck Barney. 



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Village Art Gallery is a non profit art gallery in Yuma, Arizona. When you purchase artwork from a member of Village Art Gallery the profits help school students get the art supplies they need to participate in shows throughout the year.

Yuma’s Online Art Gallery, artbydeb features local artist Barney McClaskey a member of Village Art Gallery. You can support your local artists by visiting Village Art Gallery online or at the gallery itself.

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Information about Castle Dome Mountain

When the first Americans reached the Castle Dome Mountains in the early 1860s, there were already signs of previous mining activity. It was generally held that Native Americans had engaged in mining in the Castle Dome Mountains some years before and backpacked the ore 18 miles (29 km) south to a processing site on the banks of the Gila River, where remnants of adobe furnaces were found. As mineral deposits began to be discovered up and down the Coloroado River in the early 1860s, numerous mining camps and steamboat ports grew into towns along the river. Heading north from Yuma, prospectors staked gold and silver claims along the river and in the surrounding mountains. The Castle Dome Mining Company, established in 1863 and owned by Conner and Jacob Snively, purchased many of these claims and planned out the site of Castle Dome Landing on the banks of the Colorado River to act as a shipping point for ore on its way to California for smelting. The Snively's planned only to mine silver in the area, but in that same year, well-known geologist and mining engineer William P. Blake realized that the region's copper-lead ores held extensive value, and lined up investors to develop mining operations in the area.

Though prospecting and planning commenced years earlier, modern mining in the area didn't begin in earnest until 1869 due to hostilities with Native Americans. When the mines finally did begin operations, the mining camp that sprung up was known as Pitoti after a weed thought to be found only in that area. As the area grew, the town was renamed Castle Dome, and a post office was established in that name on December 17, 1875. Less than a year later, however, the post office was discontinued on December 4, 1876.

While the mining camp itself went into decline, the nearby riverside landing established some years earlier began to thrive. The landing, setup for transport of ore and as a supply point for the mines some 17 miles (27 km) east of the river, provided a new town site for the region, and was soon established as Castle Dome Landing. The post office re-opened under this new name on August 6, 1878, and the small port became an active supply and shipping depot for the mines in the Castle Dome Mountain mining district. For the next six years, Castle Dome Landing served as the first stop for steamboats traveling up the Colorado River from Yuma, and the town thrived, both as a supply and shipping point and as a popular destination for travelers from Yuma who came up the Colorado River for various celebrations held at the numerous river towns. For Castle Dome Landing, Mexican Independence Day on September 16 was the main draw.

By some accounts, the population of the town peaked at over 3,000 people, and rivaled Yuma in size as of 1880, almost becoming Yuma County's namesake.  Other sources put the full-time residents at only 50. At its peak, it housed a post office, a hotel, a saloon, a general store and smelting facilities.

Castle dome city a mining ghost town just north of Yuma Arizona.

Ghost towns can include sites in various states of disrepair and abandonment. Some sites no longer have any trace of buildings or civilization and have reverted to empty land. Other sites are unpopulated but still have standing buildings. Still other ghost towns may support full-time residents, though usually far less than at their historical peak, while others may now be museums or historical sites. A ghost town can be a site that has been destroyed, covered with water or reverted to empty land. A ghost town may have a few difficult to find foundations or footings. Little more than rubble remains at a ghost town. Dilapidated, often roofless buildings remain at a ghost town. A ghost town may have no population except for a caretaker. A historic site considered to be a ghost town may have some houses still standing and may be converted to a museum or tourist attraction such as the Castle Dome mining ghost town north of Yuma as discussed in the article above.


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