Between Globe and the Salt River Canyon is a wide spot in the road labeled Seneca. There is an abandoned gas station and some houses with broken windows and graffiti. What was Seneca and why was it abandoned?
Seneca is located on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. It is sort of a sad story of a good idea that went bad.
In the early 1970s the tribe, with high hopes, opened a large restaurant, trading post and campground on the site. In the future, there were plans for an 80-unit motel, golf course, riding stables and other amenities.
It all cost about $534,000 and unfortunately didn’t last long. Later in the ‘70s, the tribe defaulted on the loan and the dream died. Lenders quickly took back the restaurant and other stuff.
Vandals and nature took over and went right to work. Today there is nothing left to see except for a few ruined, vandalized buildings.
The tribe also built a lookout point that offered spectacular views of the Salt River Canyon. That also has been ruined by vandals.
You can if you wish see a video of the ghost town on youtube, but it’s pretty depressing. And mute the sound. The music is really annoying.
On the bright side, there is nearby Seneca Falls with a drop of a few hundred feet into a natural stone pool. It must be something to see when it rains.
Also, Seneca Lake offers warm- and cold-water fishing for bass, catfish, sunfish and trout. There is a boat launch and fishing piers. You’ll need a permit from the tribe.