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China Dam and Fort Tule, AZ
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China Dam and Fort Tule, AZ 
China Dam and Fort Tule, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar May 25 2019
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Headed out on 4 wheels to see the China Dam and Fort Tule. I had gone out to China Dam about a year ago and then spent hours looking for the Tule Homestead. This time I was armed with the correct directions. Last time I turned right one turn too soon.

You would certainly want 4wd to reach these destinations. China dam if closer and easier to get too of the two. Fort Tule Is further out, you need to cross Humbug Creek and the road continues to get worse the further out you go. Its an out and back so you will be coming out the same way you came in.

China Dam is impressive given when it was built. Its much larger in person than it looks in pictures. Interesting part of mining history.

The old Homestead or Fort Tule as it is referred to was pretty cool. I really wanted to check this place out. Its in decent condition which is good since so many of these are heavily vandalized or destroyed. One of the main things I wanted to check out here was that the internal parts of the walls are old cans, very interesting bit of construction. There are a few other smaller structures around the property but they are mostly just ruins at this point. There is a concrete dog grave site there too, but I forgot to look for it. From my reading the man who lived in this place was forced up when the dam went up and Lake Pleasant was created. I guess they thought it would be underwater, but those estimates were quite a bit off.

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