Wild West At Castle Dome Museum

Ever heard of Castle Dome City? Apparently it was quite the place back in the day with over 3000 inhabitants (more than Yuma at the time).  The business of the day was mining and a lot of hearty men and women made their fortunes in this city.


Now Castle Dome is a ghost town but two history loving individuals have turned this ghost town into a lovely museum. Allen and Stephanie Armstrong bought the ghost town in the mid 90’s and recreated the town as what it would have been like in its heyday.

The museum has over 50 original buildings in it filled with artifacts found strewn throughout the abandoned city.

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We totally lucked out when we went to Castle Dome Museum.  On the day we came there was a Wild West reenactment! The staff was all dressed up like they came straight out of the late 1800’s and we were treated with an hour worth of skits portraying some of the stories that came out of Castle Dome City. Think prostitutes, robberies, and gun fights in the streets! What a great way for us to learn some history!

And of course once we were done watching the reenactments we had to reenact some of our own sketches.

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The museum costs $10 per adult and $5 per child. We felt it was worth the price of admission. We spent three hours there and could have spent longer if we didn’t need to head back to camp to eat lunch. Find the museum between Quartzsite and Yuma on Highway 95. It is at the end of a 10 mile washboard dirt road. If you are looking for a great place to camp we camped at the turn off to Big Eye Mine about a half mile before the Museum entrance.

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  1. LIndsay says:

    oh my gosh!!!! I JUST stumbled upon your website while trying to connect with like-minded parents and THIS POST is so fun because we just moved from Yuma about a year and a half ago 🙂 Castle Dome is awesome!!! Like, nobody knows where that is – kudos for y’all for finding it!

    Too funny – love your site! If you come through San Diego, let me know!


    1. worldschooled says:

      Thanks Lindsay. We had a great time exploring that area. So pretty! We aren’t planning on heading to San Diego this trip but keep in touch. Always nice to find like minded people.

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