America's Coolest Ghost Towns
Gleeson, Courtland, and Pearce, AZ
This trio of towns just west of
Tombstone had ups and downs and intertwined fates: Gleeson used to be called
Turquoise when the stone was its main draw, but everyone left when gold was
found in Pearce; Pancho Villa is said to have fought in Courtland. Much of these
three towns are now on private land, but you can wander the cemeteries or visit
the Gleeson Jail, where, on the first weekend of each month, you
can take a tour. Up the road you can also see the “jail tree,” where they used
to tie up unsavory types before the jail was built.
Closest Civilization: Tombstone, AZ.