By J.P. Gorham

Nestled within the Arizona mountains are a number of small, unassuming cities that belie the significance in their heyday. those cities are all intrinsic to one another for one cause: mining. The close by ranches have been tested to feed the miners, and in lots of circumstances, citizens moved from side to side between them looking on which mines have been wealthy or closed. a few now not exist, evidenced now by means of rock partitions or different harder-to-find clues. a few have changed into vacationer sights. the 1st legislative conferences of the Arizona Territory have been held on the Woolsey Ranch in close by Dewey, the place the 1st development in Yavapai County used to be developed. Indian wars happened the following, and lots of of the average assets used to aid the becoming state got here from iron and copper mines discovered deep in the bowels of the Dewey-Humboldt sector. The cities of Cherry, Dewey, Humboldt, Mayer, Cordes Junction, Crown King, and Bumble Bee nonetheless exist. Others, like Agua Fria, Chaparral, Stoddard, McCabe, Poland, and Cleator, have typically vanished, yet their pioneering spirit and significance is just not forgotten.

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