Cleator, AZ

Cleator, AZ is a town with about 8 year round residents. Established in 1864 as a placer mine railroad station named Turkey Creek, it is now a tourist stop on the way to Crown King.

The town boasts a general store and bar, home of the Cleator Yacht Club.  Situated at the edge of the Prescott National Forest, Cleator is a quirky place.

The bar owner/bartender is friendly, and happy to talk to  you for as long as you are willing to listen.

We made a detour on our way home from Sedona because I had heard a lot about this town, and wanted to see what $999,000 would buy. Yeah, that’s right, the entire town is for sale.

We arrived shortly before 11am on a Monday morning.  We were a bit concerned that the bar might not even be open.  As I started taking photos, the owner came out and said that taking pictures in the bar was free!

We ordered cold beers, and wandered around the back patio area.  In short order, five locals  and three tourists arrived. Not bad considering you have to drive a half hour over unimproved roads to reach the town. Immediately upon exiting I17, the pavement ends, and you pass over a series of cattleguards as you traverse property owned by cattle ranches.

Switchbacks, a lack of guardrails, a one lane bridge and washboard roadway makes for slow going. However, it is possible to take a sedan to your destination, and that cold beer waiting at the end of the journey makes it all worth it.


Feeling Superior

Last weekend we attended the Mining Festival and burro races in Superior, AZ.

Superior is a town that has had its ups and downs.  Many times a ghost town, Superior is rising again.

The day’s events included a parade, live music, a beer garden, food tents and more.

We arrived early to get some photos before the crowds arrived.  We visited our favorite gallery, ate some fresh handmade donuts, listened to the music and had lunch at the Silver King. Continue reading “Feeling Superior”

Pleasant Valley Sunday

The “Angel Wings”

This past Friday, my good friend Dave and I took a trek through the Sierra Ancha wilderness.  Arizona state highway 288 begins near Roosevelt, at SR 188, and ends in the town of Young just over 40 miles away. The highway is mostly unpaved, and the scenery is breathtaking.

The beginning of the drive takes you past the Diversion Dam recreation area.  The elevation starts at 3000 feet, and steadily rises to over 6200 by the time you reach Pleasant Valley. Continue reading “Pleasant Valley Sunday”

A trip to Roger’s Trough and the “Treasure Trove”

This past Saturday, good friend Dave and I spent the day in the Superstition Wilderness interior.  I will be dividing this trip into several posts, as there is so much to discuss.

Roger’s Trough was located adjacent to the Silver Chief Mine.  The Roger’s trough trailhead is fairly easy to reach. Just head north from SR60 to an unimproved road 172 east of Florence Junction SR79. Any 2-wheel drive vehicle with decent clearance can make this leg of the journey, but a 4-wheel drive is preferred. Continue reading “A trip to Roger’s Trough and the “Treasure Trove””

Feeling Superior

Town Hall Superior AZApache Leap swerves as the backdrop to this old Arizona mining town.  Founded in the late 1870’s, Superior was originally named Queen, due it’s proximity to Queen Valley and the Queen Creek.

Later it became Hastings, and in 1902 it became Superior, after the Lake Superior and Arizona Copper Company.

The Magma mine (also the Silver Queen), and later the Silver King mine depleted all of the silver. The mines changed hands, just in time for copper to become king.

The copper industry supported the town for years. Superior has had its ups and downs following the trends of the copper industry. Continue reading “Feeling Superior”

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Take Five Artists Exhibition

I am one of six artist in Take Five Artists (math is not our strong point). During the month of December 2020 we will have an exhibit at One-oh-One Gallery in Mesa Arizona.

The Gallery is located at 101 Main Street, Mesa, AZ.