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2013-06-22  
Piedmont and Weaver ghost towns, AZ
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Piedmont and Weaver ghost towns, AZ 
Piedmont and Weaver ghost towns, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar Jun 22 2013
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Yesterday, on my way back from Wilhoit, I stopped at the observation point at the top of the Yarnell switchbacks on Hwy 89. I noticed what looked like a solar energy farm east of Hwy 89, down in the Congress valley. I thought cool, my wife might want to look at that. She used to work for First Solar before it went public and, soon after she left, down the tubes. (We like to think of it as cosmic revenge.) Doing a map and Wikipedia recon, I discovered there were two possible ghost towns in the area, so off we went.

Just north of Congress, as you pass over a small hill, there is a valley, in the middle of which is Yavapai County Road 62 / 109. Same road, but west of the highway, towards Baghdad it is 62, while east of the highway, towards Stanton, it is 109. Both roads are heavily washboarded, though oddly both seem bumpier on the way out, then on the way back to Hwy 89. :-k

Piedmont is exactly five miles west of Hwy 89. It supposedly had no remains, and I can confirm that is true. Didn't even see a foundation or old fence. Did see a bunch of mule deer, but they moved to quick to photo.

We drove back the other way, crossing Hwy 89 onto 109. The "solar farm" turned out to be a dairy farm. :roll: (What I thought were solar panels, were open-sided barns.) My wife did not flip them the bird like she does driving down the 202. :D A car could get almost to Stanton, maybe to the top of the wash it borders, but from there on at least 4x4. You could get away with SUV-type clearance (e.g. as on a Subaru). It gets rocky, and you sometimes need to pick spots.

A little over a mile past Stanton is a stone shack, right next to the road. That's not the Weaver ghost town. South of 109 is government land, but north of it is fenced and signed private land. Just past the hut, is the road to Weaver, and it too is fenced off. :doh: Weaver itself is maybe a mile up the jeep trail, but my wife has bad feet, and I didn't want to give anyone an excuse to shoot me for claim-jumping, as there was a trailer on the hill that looked like it might be occupied. :gun: Saw some more mule deer as I stared longingly up the jeep trail. We drove a bit further up 109, a total of 9 miles from Hwy 89, until it got really rocky, :stop: and we turned back.

After some antiquing in Yarnell, lunch was again at the T-Bird Cafe in Peeples Valley. I was short of cash the day before (sandwich), so today I came prepared to pay for one of their stone-fired pizzas. Yummy. Balsamic vinagrette salad dressing also recommended. :DANCE:
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