The Cave Creek Museum has several great outdoor exhibits
including a restored, working stamp mill.
Sonoran Gardens | Tubercular Cabin | First Church of Cave Creek
Stamp Mill & Tramway | Mining & Agriculture Equipment
Cave Creek Museum Gardens
The grounds of the museum are host to a number of classic vegetation of the Sonoran Desert, from the majestic saguaro cactus to Santa Cruz prickly pear. Take an easy nature hike while viewing the Tubercular Cabin, the First Church and the Gazebo, all found outdoors.
Golden Reef Stamp Mill & Tramway,
Mining & Agriculture Equipment
The Museum is home to Arizona’s only fully operational ten-stamp ore crushing mill. Come watch the ten 1,000 lb. stamps slam down in synchronized precision, and hear the pounding echo against the desert foothills, just as it did 100 years ago.
Our stamp mill was carried down from it’s former location at the Golden Reef Mine on Continental Mountain and is the only one in Arizona operating within 5 miles of it’s original site.
Also on exhibit throughout our outdoor campus area are various pieces of equipment from the early mining days of Arizona, and many agriculture tools used at the local farms and ranches.
Historic First Church of Cave Creek
The Cave Creek Museum is the proud owner of the first church of Cave Creek. The tiny church was built in 1948 as a mission church, moved to our location on Skyline Drive and became the first home of the Cave Creek Museum.
We used the building for 17 years as our office, collections and exhibits area. It was restored to its previous condition by volunteers. It then served as a church for a small congregation while they saved their funds to build a building of their own, which was finished in 2004.
Today, the tiny church continues to be active for wedding, baptisms and memorial services.
The Tubercular Cabin
This cabin was built in the early 1920s, and was one of several along Cave Creek Road, It is one of many types built in Central and Southern Arizona to house tubercular patients. The dry climate, combined with rest, was the only treatment known for those suffering lung diseases. Many people survived to lead long, productive lives. Furnishings are original to the cabin or from cabins in the area.
Restored by the Cave Creek Museum Humana Hospital and the citizens of Cave Creek and Carefree. Cabin was donated by Santos Rubira.
The Tubercular Cabin is listed in the National Register of Historic Places – Arizona. It’s reference number is 01001172.