It was a stop along the railroad line, complete with school, hotel, miner’s homes, a post office, and more. Now Fairbank is just a patch along the San Pedro river. The old schoolhouse is still present and has been converted into a small museum. Some other buildings still remain but for me the most interesting part of the old town is the tiny hilltop cemetery, with a panoramic view all around, about a half-mile walk north from the town. See it using Google Earth.
Few of the graves are marked. One of the unmarked gravesites is covered with stones on which rest stuffed toys and coins. It’s a mystery for now. Another grave is surrounded by an iron bed frame. I suspect it’s inspired by the sentiments reflected in this saying.
“At rest in Jesus faithful arms
With Jesus in a peaceful bed
Secure from all the dreadful storms
Around this sinful world are spread.”
Most of the graves are just piles of rocks which clearly outline the bodies resting below. Unfortunately, the cemetery is slowly crumbling and sadly many markers have fallen and crumbled into pieces, disconnected from the graves they watched over.