HISTORY WING

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 actually started to the west of town with Henry Wickenburg’s Vulture Mine claim.

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, just 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

 Gaze into a life size replica of a Hohokam “Pit House” built from available material on the high desert landscape. The museum’s model represents those found at the Sears Kay Ruins east of the town of Cave Creek.