Hackberry General Store. HACKBERRY, AZ
The town of Hackberry used to be a small community of ranchers, miners and their families. The rail road came to Hackberry in 1882, loading cattle from area ranches along with ore from the Hackberry Silver Mine. The mine began in 1874 when prospectors built a mining camp near a spring on the east side of the Peacock Mountains. The mine was named for a large hackberry tree that grew near the spring. Mining ceased in 1919 but not before over $3,000,000 in gold and silver had been produced. During this time, Hackberry offered regular services to it’s residents including a one-room school house, post office and two bordello’s.
In 1992, Bob Waldmire re-opened the Hackberry General Store in the ghost town of Hackberry, Arizona as a Route 66 tourism information post and souvenir shop. At one point, he was the former mining town's only resident. The 1934 store, originally the Northside Grocery and Conoco station, had been closed and vacant since 1978, after Interstate 40 in Arizona bypassed the town (on 66) and left it stranded fifteen miles away from the very different route taken by I-40.
Waldmire sold the store to John and Kerry Pritchard in 1998 due to local disputes regarding the environmental and aesthetic impact of quarries removing local stone for use in landscaping.
N 35° 22.496 W 113° 43.372