Previously named Hedges, Tumco Historic Townsite (an acronym of The United Mines Company), was a gold mining operation in the desert. It was located on Ogilby Rd, just a few miles north of the popular boondocking BLM area near American Girl Mine Rd.
There’s not much left of the ghost town; a well hole, graveyard, crumbling walls and foundations, and rusting leaching vats. Situated in the Cargo Muchacho Mountains; so named for a couple of Mexican boys that hiked out of the mountains carrying pockets stuffed with gold nuggets.
Gold mining was started by the natives, and continued by early Spanish settlers, and American prospectors. Silver and copper were also mined in the area. Now, it is mostly a stop for sightseers and campers at the adjacent BLM lands.
I stayed for a few days, and was surprised with a visit by Marianne and Randy of the Frugal RV Travel blog. They were the first RVers I met on the road after getting my rig. The weather was sunny and very warm, and there was a good internet signal.
Camp: Tumco Site BLM boondock
Scene: Mountains, desert, ghost town