Chloride is the oldest continuously inhabited mining town in Arizona. Chloride dates back to the 1860's, when Arizona was still Arizona Territory. Nestled in a pocket of the Cerbat [sir-bat] Mountain Range, the town is at an elevation of 4,000'. The name Chloride came from the silver chloride found in the hills among others minerals in the area. Today, silver chloride is used in photographic emulsions and antiseptic silver solutions.
Chloride prides itself on the preservation of buildings like the Jim Fritz Museum, the old jail, the historic post office, and the old train station. Much of the upkeep is provided by the Chloride Historical Society. Chloride’s Volunteer Fire Department, the oldest in Arizona, proudly displays its 1939 Ford Fire Engine to visitors.
The Cyanide Springs GHOST TOWN was constructed in 1997; a ramshackle replica of an Old West town in the middle of Chloride across from the Chloride Community Park and Shep's Miner's Inn and YESTERDAYS restaurant. The Ghost Town was built using only hand tools, either for authenticity or because they were drinking, depending on who tells the story. They peeled aged lumber from nearby mines and slapped together the rustic town within a town.
"The Journey" a 2000 square foot set of murals on boulders about a mile and a half up and outside of town . The colors famed artist Roy Purcell used to paint his murals are remarkably vivid and have withstood harsh desert weather for nearly four decades with a couple of touch-ups. Petroglyphs - stone carvings and etchings from earlier Indian artists can also be seen in the immediate area.
The CHLORIDE'S HAUNTED HISTORY Tour spotlights and reveals Chloride's lesser known history (along with a few accounts of the supernatural) but here's some concise and common info, provided to the current motel and restaurant through the custom created 2018 menu:
Shep's Miners Inn is an old and historic motel. Built in the mid 1800's it was originally a stage coach repair and rest stop. Later, the Inn became living quarters for miners and their families.
This historic adobe inn is constructed with sand and mud from the local dry stream beds and the walls are 12 inch solid block. In the late 1800's this inn was initially built for the passengers on the Butterfield Stage Coach Line to rest their weary bodies after the grueling journey through the desert. As the stage coaches gave way to the railroad, the rooms were converted to lodging for the miners and their families in Chloride.
Over the following decades, the Miners Inn underwent many changes and uses. In 2002, it was taken back to the original use, a modern day hotel. The theme and feel is definitely rustic with simple decor with each room being different but all resembling days of old - without air conditioning.
Directions to the CHLORIDE Tour Company from the Las Vegas Strip:
Get on I-515 S / US-93 S /US-95 S
Follow US-93 S/US-95 S to Co Hwy 125 in Mohave County
Follow Co Hwy 125 to Chloride (becomes Tenneessee)
Turn right on 2nd Street
Turn left on PayRoll Avenue and the historic and haunted CHLORIDE Tour Company and Friends of History office building is the first on the left past the Chloride Community Park and before the Chloride Baptist Church
Jack Nicholson's debut film THE REBEL ROUSERS (1970), had a scene filmed in room #10 of the local motel, and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (1992) with Jean-Claude Van Damme was filmed in Chloride, AZ.