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Think you know your spooky spots from North to South and everywhere in between? Take a try at a handful of Arizona’s 400-some Ghost Towns, and if you’ve got the answers, send ‘em in for a special prize!
6) This could be the beginning of a great Carl Orff opera, but the folks that founded this town were looking for their fame and ___ close to Yuma along the Camino del Diablo.
8) Not to be confused with the creator of Peanuts, this Pinal County ghost town was also named Tiger, and had an aerial tramway, believe it or not.
12) Another highly creative royal namesake for a town that mined the 47th element.
14) Originally a Mormon paradise, this spot is known for the Geronimo Hot Springs and a fantastically rundown General Store.
15) Not your mama’s raspberry, this mine was discovered in 1874 and war- ranted an immediate 5-stamp mill; be wary of writing too much late at night. 18) Much is preserved of this sober paradise deep in the southern canyons of Yavapai County that used to run railcars of gold to Prescott, though no
tiara is necessary to visit these days.
20) In Yavapai County just past Stanton, it’s home to “Frog Rock” and the
richest placer deposits in the state (nuggets were found just laying on the ground!); it probably wouldn’t mind a good loom every now and then.
21) The “Town Too Tough To Die” in the southern part of the state, eulo- gized in so many Western movies it’s darn near grave-itas.
22) This town would like the world to believe that it is, in actuality, not a ghost town, but alive and full of Verde adventure, from railways to riverboats. 23) Named after a Vivian who was captured then later released by the Mohave, this gold mining camp near the California border is famed for the
donkeys who now inhabit an abandoned “glory hole.”
24) Named after the famed Indian Chief, all that remains of this town in
Graham County west of Safford is the Post Office, built in 1896 and shuttered less than 5 years later.
1) Named after the German explorer, Baron Alexander, it was home to the Iron King Mine that hauled two trains of ore a day; it also has a California cousin.
2) The site of a major confrontation between the Navajos and the Apaches in the 19th century, its modern history is recognized as an easy place to cross Canyon Dia- blo — first, by wagon, and then later by motor cars just off Route 66 on the way to a lugzurious katsino.
3) Named after the first Governor to serve the Arizona Territory, it was bought out by the Nonsuch Mining Company of Philadelphia; a really decent lucky street is named after it/him in Prescott.
4) As some off-bred Dorothy might say with clicked heels, “There’s no place like ___,” and she’d be right, because this town furnished several tons of copper to both World War efforts, and was once the state’s 5th largest city.
5) Also known as the Navajo Ordnance Depot, this Coconino town along old Route 66 was used to ship explosives and artillery shortly after Pearl Harbor.
7) What would you do for a bar of this? More than chocolate and ice-cream, this town in Graham County was founded by gold diggers who had an affinity for some- where Alaska.
9) Originally called the Bridal Chamber, this vermillion mine is still viewable from Interstate 17 in Maricopa County and is dog-gone good at getting into the Guinness Book of World Records for having its light bulbs still working; won’t Susie come over?
10) The oldest European settlement in Arizona, it was the site of the state’s first newspaper, the Weekly Arizonan, and it shouldn’t be confused Mr. Shakur, who spelled his name with a P.
11) A midway station about 23 miles from Show Low, this town had the state’s first postmistress in 1910 and could be named for George Washington’s Mount.
12) This ghost town is named after those coming from the “finer” half of the legis- lative body, and also has a highway named after it, to boot.
13) This 1889 town in Yavapai County had its own electric light plant, and divi- sions like “Mill Town” and “Lower Town,” though it shouldn’t be misinterpreted as being bicameral.
16) Barry Goldwater wrote an article in the August 1941 edition of Desert Maga- zine about this town’s “massacre,” it remains as a hotspot for vacationers through the Southern edge of the state, if not for its vibrant art scene, then for its famed architec- ture and penchant for the strange; just be aware of the bumble.
17) This fruit flavored small town is on the way between Camp Verde and Prescott, over a windy old road.
19) This current tourist attraction in Mohave County was once home to the Huala- pai Mansion, it’s rudimentary name might have given pause to visiting royalty.
22) Under the Cerbat Mountains, this spot near Kingman is not to be combined with sodium, unless you’re pretty salty, and recall that it was once a silver boomtown. | the NOISE arts & news | O
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