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Crown King

Explore a living ghost town in Arizona’s Bradshaw mountains.

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Do you have a good sense of humor? Good, because the citizens of Crown King sure do. Their list of events alone will draw a chuckle – from The World’s Shortest Memorial Day Parade to the Crown King One-Hole Golf Tournament to the Annual Fall Corn Hole Showdown.

It hasn't always been fun and games in Crown King though. In the 1880s, after several mines had been opened, prospectors ran into trouble with transporting their loot over the rugged and steep mountain roads. Litigation and violence broke out between the prospectors until operations finally collapsed. In all, more than $2 million in gold was extracted from the mines before the town went bust.

Over time, the cool, shady Ponderosa Pines of Crown King attracted new residents from nearby areas and cabins were erected to provide respite from the warm summer sun. Many historic cabins still stand and new ones have also been built.

While in town, visit the Crown King Saloon and Cafe which has been in operation since 1904. Also, make a stop at the Oro Belle Saloon. It is well known for its delicious jalapeño burgers. Keep in mind that even today it is still strongly advised to take a four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicle to get into town.

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County It all started How High? Head Count
Yavapai 1888 5,771ft 133

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