The McDowell Mountain Range is located about twenty miles north-east of downtown Phoenix and may be seen from most places throughout the city. The range is composed of miocene deposits left nearly five million years ago; the McDowells share borders with the cities of Fountain Hills and Maricopa County. The city of Scottsdale has made its share of the McDowells a preserve, has set up a wide trail network in partnership with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy; the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy was established in 1991. The highest peak in the McDowells is East End, at 4,069 feet; this mountain range serves as a sacred marker to the Yavapai people. The boundaries of the range are defined by Saddleback Mountain in the South and Granite Mountain as the Northern boundary; the McDowells comprise popular landmarks such as Pinnacle Peak and Tom's Thumb. Although technically a stand-alone, Mt. McDowell, not to be confused with McDowell Peak, is sometimes listed on maps as a part of the McDowell Mountains. East End Thompson Peak McDowell Peak Sunrise Peak Rock Knob Thompson, C.
Valley 101. McDowell Mountain Regional Park Pictures and information about hike to natural spring and petroglyphs in the McDowell Mountains Media related to McDowell Mountains at Wikimedia Commons
Willcox is a city in Cochise County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 3,757. Known as "Maley", the town was founded in 1880 as a whistlestop on the Southern Pacific Railroad, it was renamed in honor of a visit by General Orlando B. Willcox in 1889. In the early 20th century, Willcox had the distinction of being a national leader in cattle production. Agriculture remains important to the local economy, but Interstate 10 has replaced the railroad as the major transportation link, much of the economy is now tied to the highway, which runs north of the town. Willcox is the birthplace of Rex Allen, known as "The Arizona Cowboy", who wrote and recorded many songs, starred in several Westerns during the early 1950s and in the syndicated television series Frontier Doctor. Willcox was among the locations of 26 Men, another syndicated series that depicted true stories of the Arizona Rangers starring Tristram Coffin and Kelo Henderson. Parts of the 1993 American neo-noir film Red Rock West starring Nicolas Cage, Lara Flynn Boyle, J. T. Walsh and Dennis Hopper were filmed in Willcox.
A short film documentary called "Lonesome Willcox" released in 2018 documented the town and in particular, its country music radio station KHIL. Willcox is located in northern Cochise County at 32°15′20″N 109°50′8″W in the Sulphur Springs Valley. Interstate 10 serves the city with three exits and leads 35 miles southwest to Benson, 74 miles east to Lordsburg, New Mexico. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles, of which 6.1 square miles is land and 0.12 square miles, or 2.13%, is water. Major employers in Willcox include Willcox Unified School District, TravelCenters of America, Northern Cochise Community Hospital, Valley Telephone Cooperative, the Border Patrol, Safeway. NatureSweet has a greenhouse outside town; the Willcox wine region produces 74% of the wine grapes grown in the state of Arizona. Grape varietals grown include Petite Sirah, Malvasia Bianca, Chenin blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon blanc, Merlot, Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,733 people, 1,383 households, 947 families residing in the city. The population density was 622.3 people per square mile. There were 1,652 housing units at an average density of 275.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 74.95% White, 0.70% Black or African American, 1.61% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 17.63% from other races, 4.23% from two or more races. 41.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 1,383 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.5% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.25. In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 29.4% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males. The median income for a household in the city was $24,334, the median income for a family was $31,411. Males had a median income of $30,281 versus $15,532 for females; the per capita income for the city was $11,815. About 21.6% of families and 27.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.6% of those under age 18 and 24.6% of those age 65 or over. Seventeen miles north of Willcox on what was once the York ranch, there are now miles of apple orchards and pistachio groves. Rex Allen and television actor and songwriter Lilly McElroy, photographer Chalky Wright, boxing champion in International Boxing Hall of Fame Tanya Tucker, American country music artist, spent early childhood in Willcox, AZ Ted DiBiase, American former professional wrestler, ordained minister and color commentator, moved to Willcox, Arizona to live with his grandparents Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame City of Willcox official website Arizona Range News - newspaper Arizona Range News Archives Willcox, AZ Pinterest
The Phoenix Mountains are a mountain range located in central Phoenix, Arizona. With the exception of Mummy Mountain, they are part of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, they serve as a municipal park and offer hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails at a variety of different access points. The major peaks of the Phoenix Mountain complex are: Moon Mountain Lookout Mountain Shadow Mountain Shaw Butte North Mountain Echo Mountain Stoney Mountain South Mountain Piestewa Peak Mummy Mountain Camelback Mountain Sunnyslope Mountain The mountains contain the Phoenix Mountain Preserve which includes the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain Preserve, North Mountain Preserve and Piestewa Mountain Park; the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area is located in the pass between the Stoney/Echo mountain ridge and Piestewa Peak known as Dreamy Draw. The name originated from the neurological effects suffered by miners who worked the area's cinnabar mine. There is a flood prevention dam in the Dreamy Draw area.
The trail was dedicated in 1986 to Charles Milo Christiansen, the former director of Phoenix Parks and Recreation who led efforts to preserve the Phoenix Mountains. There is a memorial plaque at the western trailhead at Mountain View Park; the trail is 10.7 miles long and has a total elevation gain of 200', though the elevations at both trailheads are the same. It connects North Mountain Park with Piestewa Peak Park. Map of mountains in the Phoenix area
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Castle Dome, or Castle Dome Peak is a prominent butte and high point of the Castle Dome Mountains northeast of Yuma, Arizona, in the northwestern Sonoran Desert. The butte lies 22 miles east of the historical Castle Dome Landing of the Colorado River, it is located east of US Route 95 and the Castle Dome mining district. Castle Dome is noteworthy for its recreational use for day hiking, it is often coated in winter or spring snowstorms as a white landform, with its loss of white being determined by season and duration of storm temperatures. Castle Dome's height is 3,788 feet; some noteworthy minerals from the Castle Dome Mountains region are vanadinite, wulfenite and fluorite. Some of the local trails are: King Valley Road, McPherson Pass Trail, Big Eye Wash Trail, Castle Dome Mountains, Kofa Queen Canyon Trail. Castle Dome Landing, Arizona Castle Dome Mountains Castle Dome: Peak-, Plants and Animals, Old Collecting Reports
A ghost town is an abandoned village, town, or city one that contains substantial visible remains. A town becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, prolonged droughts, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, pollution, or nuclear disasters; the term can sometimes refer to cities and neighbourhoods that are still populated, but less so than in past years. Some ghost towns those that preserve period-specific architecture, have become tourist attractions; some examples are Bannack, Centralia and South Pass City in the United States, Barkerville in Canada, Craco in Italy, Elizabeth Bay and Kolmanskop in Namibia, Pripyat in Ukraine, Danushkodi in India. The town of Plymouth on the Caribbean island of Montserrat is a ghost town, the de jure capital of Montserrat, it was rendered uninhabitable by volcanic ash from an eruption. The definition of a ghost town varies between individuals, between cultures.
Some writers discount settlements that were abandoned as a result of a natural or human-made disaster or other causes using the term only to describe settlements that were deserted because they were no longer economically viable. Some believe. Whether or not the settlement must be deserted, or may contain a small population, is a matter for debate. Though, the term is used in a looser sense, encompassing any and all of these definitions; the American author Lambert Florin's preferred definition of a ghost town was "a shadowy semblance of a former self". Factors leading to abandonment of towns include depleted natural resources, economic activity shifting elsewhere and roads bypassing or no longer accessing the town, human intervention, massacres and the shifting of politics or fall of empires. A town can be abandoned when it is part of an exclusion zone due to natural or man-made causes. Ghost towns may result when the single activity or resource that created a boomtown is depleted or the resource economy undergoes a "bust".
Boomtowns can decrease in size as fast as they grew. Sometimes, all or nearly the entire population can desert the town; the dismantling of a boomtown can occur on a planned basis. Mining companies nowadays will create a temporary community to service a mine site, building all the accommodation and services required, remove them once the resource has been extracted. Modular buildings can be used to facilitate the process. A gold rush would bring intensive but short-lived economic activity to a remote village, only to leave a ghost town once the resource was depleted. In some cases, multiple factors may remove the economic basis for a community. S. Route 66 suffered both mine closures when the resources were depleted and loss of highway traffic as US 66 was diverted away from places like Oatman, Arizona onto a more direct path. Mine and pulp mill closures have led to many ghost towns in British Columbia, Canada including several recent ones: Ocean Falls which closed in 1973 after the pulp mill was decommissioned, Kitsault B.
C. whose molybdenum mine shut after only 18 months in 1982 and Cassiar whose asbestos mine operated from 1952 to 1992. In other cases, the reason for abandonment can arise from a town's intended economic function shifting to another, nearby place; this happened to Collingwood, Queensland in Outback Australia when nearby Winton outperformed Collingwood as a regional centre for the livestock-raising industry. The railway reached Winton in 1899, linking it with the rest of Queensland, Collingwood was a ghost town by the following year; the Middle East has many ghost towns that were created when the shifting of politics or the fall of empires caused capital cities to be or economically unviable, such as Ctesiphon. The rise of condominium investment caused for real estate bubbles leads to a ghost town, as real estate prices rise and affordable housing becomes less available; such examples include China and Canada, where housing is used as an investment rather than for habitation. Railroads and roads bypassing or no longer reaching a town can create a ghost town.
This was the case in many of the ghost towns along Ontario's historic Opeongo Line, along U. S. Route 66 after motorists bypassed the latter on the faster moving highways I-44 and I-40; some ghost towns were founded along railways where steam trains would stop at periodic intervals to take on water. Amboy, California was part of one such series of villages along the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad across the Mojave Desert. River re-routing is one example being the towns along the Aral Sea. Ghost towns may be created when land is expropriated by a government, residents are required to relocate. One example is the village of Tyneham in Dorset, acquired during World War II to build an artillery range. A similar situation occurred in the U. S. when NASA acquired land to construct the John C. Stennis Space Center, a rocket testing facility in Hancock County, Mississippi; this required NASA to acquire a large (approximately 34-square-mile (88
Mingus Mountain is a mountain located in the U. S. state of Arizona in the Black Hills mountain range. It is located within the Prescott National Forest traversed by State Route 89A midway between Cottonwood and Prescott; the summit can be reached via Forest Service roads that branch off from State Route 89A. From the mountain, there are views of the Verde Valley, Sycamore Canyon Wilderness and the towns of Cottonwood and Clarkdale; the Woodchute Wilderness, north of the summit of 89A offers views and hiking trails. There are several National Forest campgrounds in the area and it is the transmitter location for Prescott full-service television station KAZT-TV and several low-power television stations serving Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Prescott Valley. Mingus Mountain is the premier flying site of the Arizona Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. According to the book, Roadside History of Arizona, by Marshall Trimble, "Mingus Mountain was named for Joseph and Jacob Mingus, two brothers who settled in the area in the 1880s and operated a sawmill near the base of the mountain".
Another source attributes the name to William Mingus, a pioneer prospector who lived and worked on Mingus Mountain in the 1870s. The Mingus Lookout Complex is a complex of fire tower and associated buildings at the top of the mountain, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the ACA Retreat on Mingus Mountain
Hualapai Peak is a 8,417-foot mountain summit in Mohave County, Arizona and is the highest point of the Hualapai Mountains. It is located about 15 miles southeast of Kingman in Hualapai Mountain County Park; the mountain is characterized by huge granite outcroppings and pillars, a result of its volcanic origin. Although trails lead to its base, a moderate scramble and climb is required to reach the summit. There are climbing routes along the trail to the peak, it is named after the Hualapai Native American tribe. Hualapai means "people of the tall pines". List of mountain peaks of Arizona