Swansea is a ghost town in La Paz County, AZ. It was settled around 1909 in what was then the Arizona Territory. It served as a mining town as well as a smelter of the copper ore taken from the nearby mines. Camping ON the site of a Ghost Town is a totally new experience We were surrounded by old building foundations long ago stripped of anything of value during the war. More foundations This is Swansea. Or, what’s left of it. Remnant of a formerly hard-working truck A very unfriendly RAZOR sharp cactus The friends group in partnership with the BLM did a nice job safeguarding the main abandoned mineshafts with these metal grates. You can look deep into the 1500ft holes in relative safety. Big Red in the background. Found areas that were former dumps of the town. If you know my enjoyment of glass collecting, these were sad sites indeed. One of the few somewhat standing structures remaining More history getting reclaimed into the desert Fragments of metal bits in the soil A fascinating spot indeed. Based on photos, the roof collapsed on this building sometime in the last 20 years.