Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Pie Cabinet and Coffee Bar

While in Wickenburg, Sharon and I accidentally came across this place and we were glad we did.  The Pie Cabinet and Coffee Bar have an assortment of delicious pies, pastries, Panini's, and gourmet coffee.  It is open Monday thru Friday from 7am to 4pm and on Saturday from 7am to 2pm.
Address: 1235 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Phone: (928) 231-1703

Monday, March 28, 2016

Around Wickenburg 2016

There are interesting stuff around Wickenburg, AZ.  I took a few pictures to show you what I saw.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Ghost Town of Weaver

The town of Weaver in 1888. Rich Hill is in the background.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Not far from the ghost towns of Stanton and Octave in Arizona, sits what is left of the minuscule abandoned settlement of Weaver.  First known as Weaverville, this town was once a booming gold mine community.  Right after gold was unearthed on Rich Hill in May of 1863, Weaverville was founded nearby.  The town, like the mountain range, was named after Pauline Weaver.  He was born in 1797, and spent his career as a mountain man, trapper, military scout, prospector, as well as an explorer.  He led a collection of explorers and prospectors into the mountains where a huge vein of gold was found.  They ran into it after the men were trying to capture a runaway donkey.

Not long afterwards, Weaverville was condensed to Weaver and the power was ruled by Francisco Vega.  He, along with his group of no-good bandits, put the fear in those who were living there and wanted to pass through the town.  The neighboring towns of Stanton and Octave reaped the benefits of his ordeal with many doing business with them and travelers staying in their hotels.  Even the post office, which was opened in May or 1899, ended up moving to Octave in April of 1900.  It is told that Vega was the one who killed Charles Stanton; he was possible arrested in Mexico and then killed; or he lived a long life pillaging on many and living off their wealth.  I looked, but could not find an answer on what became of Francisco Vega.

Today, Weaver is a ghost town with scatterings of rusty mining machinery throughout, a small cemetery, and the remains of an old stone house.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Ghost Town of Stanton, AZ

Charles Stanton in front of his home/store in the late 1800's.
(Unknown source) Original publication: Immediate source:
Tuck inside Weaver Mountain in the Rich Hill District of Arizona, sits the eerie little ghost town of Stanton.  When you travel on Arizona Highway 89 and hit the north end of Congress, you will find a dirt road which will lead you there.  The trek on this road is only 6 miles to Stanton, and is currently used as an RV park.  The only old buildings standing are the hotel, stagecoach station, and the red brick general store.

It all started in 1863 when Pauline Weaver guided a group of explorers to the area.  Weaver’s Needle in the Superstition Mountains and the mountain range where Stanton is located were named after Pauline.  They hit the motherlode (about a half million in gold), and in 1868, the place was known as Antelope Station.  At one time, over 3,000 souls called the place home, and it was a decent place to live until Charles Stanton turned up in 1871.  Stanton decided that he was running the town and ruled with an iron fist by hiring meanest ne’er-do-wells he could find to keep order.  Stanton once studied for the priesthood, but was kicked out after being charged with immorality.  Stories are told that he enjoyed drinking blood, eating fried rattlesnakes, and fighting mountain lions.  I am not sure if these are true, but given the nature of his personality, it does seem possible.  Also, every time someone was slain in the settlement, he was usually accused but never convicted.  Even when the general store manager, Barney, along with his family were run out of town and then later found massacred, all fingers pointed to Stanton.  He no doubt sent his henchmen after the innocent family to have them killed.  By 1886, his luck had run out and he met his demise by a man from Weaver who shot him to death.  This man was known to be the leader of a notorious gang of bandits.  His body was buried about a mile outside of town.

After Stanton’s passing, the community still flourished for numerous years, but could not get rid of the bad omen that Stanton put on the town.  This place could not shake the stigma of being an unsafe locale.  By the early 1900’s, the gold was all but gone, the post office closed, and the town was left empty. 

Today, all that is roaming on the quiet streets of Stanton are all the souls who died there.  They say that it is haunted by Stanton’s victims who are trapped amongst the walls of the old buildings which are still standing.  Sharon and I, along with another fellow investigator, have permission to wander the streets and buildings of what is left of Stanton.  We will conduct an investigation this week in each structure and hopefully the very haunted cemetery nearby.  There will be other ghost investigators there as well.  It promises to be a great night, and I will share every detail of the place.  You know me; I will have tons of pictures to share.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Grand Canyon Transept Trail

The Transept Trail is only one of many trails found inside and around the Grand Canyon.  It is situated on the North Rim flanked by the North Rim Campground and Grand Canyon Lodge.  The trek is 3 miles round-trip and takes about 1.5 hours to walk the entire perimeter.  The scenery on this path is breathless with many ancient ruins seen throughout the trail.

All the trails at the Grand Canyon offer a gorgeous view of the canyon, but the Transept Trail also comes with a ghost.  They call her the “Wailing Woman” because as she wanders along the pathway and has been seen crying.  Witnesses have said she is clothed in a white dress with blue flowers and she appears to be levitating above the ground.  The story is told that her family had fallen victim to the sheer cliffs along the trail resulting with a deadly ending.  To this day, she still appears to be looking for them and grieving her loss.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Attention-grabbing Arizona Treats

When you are wandering through a gift shop in Arizona, you will more than likely come across a variety of curious treats with an Arizona theme.  Some are sweet while others are salty and good.  They all have that uniqueness that makes you want to try them.  Here are some examples:

Rock Candy
Bizarre candies called Javalina Droppings, Rattlesnake Egges and Coyate Poop
Suckers with scorpions inside
Date Shakes (Dateland)
Candy bugs
Prickly pear suckers, jams, syrup, and salsa (cactus candy)

There is much, much more sitting on Arizona gift store shelves all over the state.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Foods Native to Arizona

I like states and cultures, Arizona has a variety of foods indigenous to the region.   Here are some of the more noteworthy ones I found:

Saguaro and Prickly Pear Cactus
Hundreds of years ago, the Tohono O’odham people would move north as the saguaro cactus fruits would mature.  They used the produce in rituals to aid in rainmaking and simmer the nectars to create syrup.  For a treat, they would dry the fruit for a sugary and crispy candy.  Today, you find many products made for saguaro such as syrup, sauces, jellies, and juices.

Along with the saguaro cactus, the prickly pear is also used in several foods and drinks.  This cacti is full of antioxidants.  You can find in various places prickly pear jellies, salsas and margaritas which is my favorite.  There is proof that eating the prickly pear pads could help lower your “bad” cholesterol.

Navajo-Churro Sheep
The longest standing class of sheep in Arizona and the United States is the Navajo-Churro sheep.  They first made their presence between 1640 and 1680.  The breed has various colors, and found on a ranch in Winkelman, AZ.  The meat is melts in your mouth with a bit of a sweet flavor and can be bought in late winter to early spring.

Mesquite Pod Flour
Many use mesquite tree wood to build fires and cook meals.  There is more to this wood than you would think.  The early Arizona people used mesquite as their foundation for meals until the 20th century.  The mesquite pods contain about 25 percent protein, high in lysine and amino acids.  The galactomannans in the pods have been known to lower blood sugar levels.  Not only is high in nutrition, but scrumptious too.  The pods are also ground to a fine powder and used in breads, muffins, cookies, and tamales sometimes instead of sugar.

Other foods found in Arizona are tepary beans, Grand Canyon sweet onions and yellow-meated watermelon.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Phoenix Incident

This looks interesting.

"From Director Keith Arem (Talent Director of Call of Duty, Titanfall), THE PHOENIX INCIDENT is an investigation into the March 13th, 1997 disappearance of four Arizona men exposing a military cover-up of the largest UFO sighting in North America."