Gleeson is a populated place situated in southeastern Cochise County, Arizona. It has an estimated elevation of 4,924 feet (1,501 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 of Gleeson
Gleeson, Arizona (the United States)
|Coordinates: 31°44′2″N 109°49′47″W|
|Named for||John Gleeson|
|Elevation||4,924 ft (1,501 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (MST (no DST))|
|Turquoise Post Office||October 22, 1890 — September 17, 1894|
|Gleeson Post Office||October 15, 1900 — March 31, 1939|
|GNIS feature ID||24427|
The area was initially settled as a mining camp called Turquoise after the mineral which had been mined by Native Americans in the area. The Turquoise post office was established on October 22, 1890, and lasted only a few years until September 17, 1894. When local miner John Gleeson registered a copper claim and opened the Copper Belle Mine, the town of Gleeson was created just downhill from the old site of Turquoise. Silver Bill, Pejon and Defiance were some of the other mines that followed in the surrounding areas.
Copper production boomed to supply demand during World War I. The mines played out by the 1930s and eventually the Gleeson post office closed on March 31, 1939.
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.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gleeson
- Sherman, James E.; Barbara H. Sherman (1969). Ghost Towns of Arizona. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0806108436. ISBN 9780806108438.
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- Living in ghost towns - Gleeson, The Arizona Republic, Sat Jan 11, 2014
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- Gleeson, Arizona provides pictures, maps and historic information about Gleeson Ghost Town.
- Ghost Town of the Month entry for Gleeson: recent photos and visitor information.
- GleesonArizona.com Site dedicated to Gleeson information and history.