While I was exploring in Celia’s Rainbow Gardens in Quartzsite, AZ; I ran across an area dedicated to Adamsville.
The Quartzsite Historical Society donated the buildings of Adamsville to the project. The
wooden buildings…had been given to them by the man who had built them, Babe Adams, from Parker.
There [are] 15 little buildings, including a schoolhouse, church, sawmill, barn and stables, marshall’s office, stage depot, log cabin, house, motel, saloon and house of ill repute, as well as a boot hill and more.
According to the Roadside America website,
Celia’s Rainbow Garden includes “Adamsville,” a miniature village started in 1974 by Babe and Babs Adams at the RV park they lived at in Castle Rock. They donated the village to the Quartzsite Historical Society, who restored it and placed it here in 2001.
I found no indication of who exactly Babe and Babs Adams were or why they liked creating tiny buildings to make up a little Old West town. I’m also not sure if the little town is named for Babe and Babs Adams or if it is supposed to be a replica of Adamsville, which was one of the first settlements in the Arizona Territory.
The aforementioned Celia’s Rainbow Gardens website says the buildings have been restored at least twice. I guess the desert weather is pretty hard on them.
The same website says,
The center bed of the pioneer village had an original wagon from early Quartzsite history added…
I was not able to find any information about who the wagon belonged to or what it was used for or in what time period it was used.
I wasn’t too thrilled by Adamsville, but I did spend a few minutes looking at the little buildings making up the town. I have no idea how historically accurate any of the buildings are, but maybe the Quartzsite Historical Society could offer more information to anyone who’s interested.
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