Friday, April 1, 2016
Pinal City -- Where???
I started at the "Lost" Pinal Cemetery which has a wonderful view of Picket Post.
The most famous 'resident' is Celia Ann Blaylock, better known as Mattie Earp - Wyatt Earp's first wife.
My intent was to locate an old cache near the cemetery, and then visit three others along Perlite Road, south of Highway 60. Minor problem - Perlite Road no longer connects to Highway 60 so it was time for a new plan.
southern-most desired cache. This cache featured a nice view of Picket Post and ground that was littered with pea sized Apache Tears. Apache Tears are piece of obsidian said to be the tears of Apache women. This one involved a couple mile hike on old, blocked off, mine roads.
Pinal City cache was near the footings of the mill that served the Silver King mine. Carved perlite blocks were dry stacked to form the footing for some of the structure. These blocks are the biggest pieces that remain of Pinal City.
final cache for the Pinal City group was the one that most intrigued me. It wasn't hard to figure out where to turn!
This historic site is less than 1/4 mile from Highway 60 but now only reached by a very circuitous route. More interesting places I wouldn't have seen if it weren't for geocaching. Great fun!