Weaver, Arizona

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Weaver, Arizona
Ghost town
A ruin in Weaver
Weaver, Arizona is located in Arizona
Weaver, Arizona
Coordinates: 34°09′18″N 112°42′25″W / 34.15500°N 112.70694°W / 34.15500; -112.70694Coordinates: 34°09′18″N 112°42′25″W / 34.15500°N 112.70694°W / 34.15500; -112.70694
CountryUnited States
StateArizona
CountyYavapai
Foundedcirca 1863
Abandonedcirca 1898
Founded byPauline Weaver
Named forPauline Weaver
Time zoneMST (no DST) (UTC-7)
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Weaver, Arizona
Ghost town
A ruin in Weaver
Weaver, Arizona is located in Arizona
Weaver, Arizona
Coordinates: 34°09′18″N 112°42′25″W / 34.15500°N 112.70694°W / 34.15500; -112.70694Coordinates: 34°09′18″N 112°42′25″W / 34.15500°N 112.70694°W / 34.15500; -112.70694
CountryUnited States
StateArizona
CountyYavapai
Foundedcirca 1863
Abandonedcirca 1898
Founded byPauline Weaver
Named forPauline Weaver
Time zoneMST (no DST) (UTC-7)
[1]

Weaver, Arizona, originally Weaverville, is a former gold mining town, now a deserted ghost town, in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. All that remain are some rusting mining machinery, a partially restored cemetery, and the ruins of a stone house.

History[edit]

The town of Weaverville was established shortly after the discovery of placer gold deposits on nearby Rich Hill in May 1863. The town was named after mountain man Pauline Weaver, who worked as a guide for the group of prospectors who made the discovery. The gold was discovered by a member of the party while chasing a stray donkey.[2] After the placer deposits were exhausted, mining turned to the lode deposits that were the source of the placer gold.

Weaverville, soon shortened to Weaver, came under the control of Francisco Vega and his band of outlaws. Travelers and businesses avoided Weaver and its outlaw element in favor of the nearby towns of Stanton and Octave.[1][3]

A US post office was established at Weaver on 26 May 1899, but remained less than a year before it moved to nearby Octave on 19 April 1900.

All that remains of Weaver today is a few corrals and the Boot Hill Cemetery[4]

Geography[edit]

Weaver is along an unimproved road on the east side of Weaver Creek, at the southeast base of Rich Hill at 34°09′18″N 112°42′25″W / 34.15500°N 112.70694°W / 34.15500; -112.70694, at an altitude of 3430 ft.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Varney, Philip (April, 2005). "Vulture Ghosts". In Stieve, Robert. Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps: A Travel Guide to History (10th ed.). Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona Highways Books. pp. 27–30. ISBN 1-932082-46-8. 
  2. ^ H. Mason Coggin, “A history of placer mining in Arizona”, in History of Mining in Arizona, Tucson: Mining Club of the Southwest Foundation, 1987, p.178.
  3. ^ Erik Melchiorre, Dante Lauretta, Katherine Crombie, and Chris Gholson, “Rich Hill, Arizona: historic gold district, modern gold rush”, Mining Engineering, Nov. 2003, p.23-28.
  4. ^ http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/prospector/sited1.htm

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