Fairbank is located about five miles west of Tombstone, Arizona near the banks of the San Pedro River. The town of Fairbank served as the train depot for the mining/cattle ranches of Tombstone. Anyone coming to Tombstone by train in the 1800’s had to get off the train at Fairbank and then travel by stagecoach/wagon or horse to Tombstone.
All supplies going to Tombstone also came through Fairbank, the cattle from the ranches and ore from the silver mine leaving Tombstone came through Fairbank as well.
The area around Fairbank was settled in 1881 and the town of Fairbank was founded in 1883. The town was named after a Chicago investor Nathaniel Kellogg Fairbank who had partially financed the railroad and was the founder of the Grand Central Mining Company which had an interest in the silver mines in Tombstone (ref. Wikipedia).
The last resident moved out in 1972 and the post office closed shortly afterwards, giving the town back to the coyote, javelina, and cottonwood trees. Today what is left of the town of Fairbank is located within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
While we stayed in Huachuca City, we spent day four of our tour visiting Tombstone, Bisbee and Sonoita/Elgin area before moving on to Empire Ranch and Patagonia.
(The picture above is of the Pecos River in southwest Texas.) My name is Terry C Barber, I am a disabled veteran, retired military and retired pastor. MaryAnn’s a retired special education teacher. Our Next Chapter, the open road – we call it “the Barber Road.” You're invited to join us as we explore North America in our Leisure Travel Van with two Shitzu pups.