Someone said, “There’s gold in them there hills!” And so, Charles Genung entered the Weaver Mountains in 1865, and found gold. Not long after, Harrison Yarnell, another prospector, entered the area and founded Yarnell mine. Today, the small community of Yarnell, Arizona, sits atop a boulder strewn hill 2,500 feet above the valley floor.
At the base of Antelope Peak in the Weaver Mountains, 645 residents call Yarnell their home. Small shops and galleries along State Rt. 89 beckons one to stop and browse for a spell. Among these renovated buildings, ruins of former businesses lay exposed to the elements, adding a ghostly touch to the rugged terrain.