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Bumble Bee

Step back in time at the Bumble Bee, a stagecoach-stop-turned-ghost-town.

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Once upon a time, the town of Bumble Bee thrived as a stage stop on the Prescott-Phoenix line, with cattle ranching and sheep herding helping to bolster the economy. Local miners and prospectors sought fortunes of gold and silver in the nearby Bradshaw Mountains – unfortunately a mining boom was never in the cards for this little town.

Since mining operations never took hold, Bumble Bee’s population dwindled once the railroad came west and replaced the stagecoach line as the main method of travel. An attempt was made in the 1930s to revive the town as a tourist attraction, so new buildings were constructed. Although some visitors came, the attraction didn’t thrive, and Bumble Bee returned to its quiet existence.

Today, a few of those 1930s buildings still stand, ready for their close-ups with visitors entranced by this little Arizona ghost town. You’ll find them just 55 miles north of Phoenix off Interstate 17.

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23925 S. Bumble Bee Ranch Road | Bumble Bee, AZ | (623) 374-0002 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Yavapai 1864 2,579ft 19

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