A visit to the Cave Creek Museum’s History Wing is a capsule across time between 1863 to present day. The exhibits will introduce you to artifacts from Cave Creek Mining District’s early days and a selection of its most unique characters.

gold mining history in cave creek

Information on the “gold strike” in Cave Creek during the mid 1800s, that started with the discovery of the precious metal in the hills and mountains surrounding Cave Creek.

ranching family history in cave creek

Meet a cast of characters that called the Cave Creek Mining District home for a while. Jeriah Wood of Cave Creek Station, James D. Houck with the first sheep shearing ranch, the Cartwright ranching family that connected us to present day, to name a few.

challenges in cave creek history

 Discover the challenges of mining, farming, ranching, and life in the desert foothills, resulting from terrain, distance, transportation, and the constant struggle for water.

hohokam pit house exhibit

In 2000, the Townspeople of Cave Creek led the fight to keep a former dude ranch from being developed into a “planned community”. Now the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, its abundant flora, fauna, and the many pre-history archaeological sites are saved into perpetuity.