Exploring Yarnell, Arizona
|Rocky the Frog|
|State Route 89 between Congress and Yarnell|
In 1865, a famous pioneer named Charles Genung found a vein of gold where Yarnell is located. The town got its name from Harrison Yarnell, a prospector who discovered the Yarnell mine in 1873. In the early 1930's, State Route 89, which runs through Yarnell, was the main passage to get from Wickenburg and Phoenix to Prescott. Yarnell and its neighboring town, Peeples Valley, depend on ranching, mining, and visitors to help with their economy. The settlement has over 650 residents living there, with many of them retirees.
This past week, Yarnell, Peeples Valley and other neighboring towns have suffered a massive fire which destroyed homes and businesses. Half the town of Yarnell has been wiped out. 19 men from the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew lost their lives fighting this fire. The tragedy has effected people from all over the world. My heart and prayers go out to all the families and friends of these brave men.
Eventually, Sharon and I will head back to Kirkland for a full investigation of the steakhouse and bar. We will travel through Yarnell on our way there. We have no idea what we will see. As always, we will take photos, but will the places we shot in 2012 still be there? I just don't know.
These photos were taken on our 2012 trip.