Caution: A very challenging, and potentially dangerous trail for experienced drivers. There is a lot to explore around Desoto Mine but make sure to follow warning signs. Travel with at least one other vehicle. Unlicensed vehicles allowed, but may be too dangerous for ATVs.
Cleator, known originally as Turkey Creek Station, started as a railroad work camp servicing construction of the Bradshaw Mountain Railway from 1902 to 1904. The Desoto mine opened in 1903, with copper ore carried down the mountain via a 4,000-ft. aerial tramway. The mine went bankrupt in 1908, but was later revived briefly when copper was needed for World War I. Source: “Crown King and the Southern Bradshaws,” by Bruce M. Wilson. (ISBN: 0-9627573-0-6)