Gila City

Name:

Gleeson

County:

Cochise

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

31°44′2″N 109°49′47″W / 31.73389°N 109.82972°W / 31.73389

Elevation:

4,924 ft (1,501 m)

Time Zone:

Mountain (NO DST) (UTC-7)

Comments:

Gleeson is a populated place situated in southeastern Cochise County, Arizona.  It has an estimated elevation of 1,362 feet (415 m) above sea level.  The town was first settled as Turquoise  in the 1870s in what was then the Arizona Territory, then later re-established as Gleeson in 1900.

Remains:

In 1912, 28 buildings burned to the ground and the town was rebuilt.

Established:

1875

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

Though several families still live on the site,  Gleeson is, by all measures, a ghost town, with the only commercial venture appearing to be a rattlesnake products store. Visitors can find the ruins of a hospital, a saloon, a cemetery, a jail, the foundation of the village school and evidence of the extensive mining in the surrounding hills near town.  The Gleeson cemetery is west of the town on the road to Tombstone.

Remarks:

The Arizona Republic newspaper published an article on the town on January 12, 2014, stating that the jail has been renovated and now is a museum.

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