September 22, 2016

Farmers Market and Rock Shop

These shops are next to the Rock Springs Cafe (previous post) in Black Canyon City, AZ.

September 19, 2016

Rock Springs Cafe

Picture is from their website.
Rock Springs was once a camp for Indians and the Calvary.  It was “a watering hole for miners, cattle drives and sheepherders during the expansion of the American West territory from 1860 until 1917”. (From their website:

 In 1918, a man named Ben Warner, built a “canvas-covered” structure which stood as his store until the adobe block building was finished.  Ben did all the labor himself; transporting gas in 5 gallon cans for customers to purchase along with canvas bags for them to fill with water from the well he excavated.  For several years, the Rock provided the only telephone service for miles and had a post office for which Ben was the postmaster until 1955.

 Today, even the old stagecoach lines are still visible behind the building.  It is the “oldest independently” owned food establishment still in service in the state of Arizona.  You can stop in the Rock Springs Café for a delicious down-home meal, and their world famous homemade pies.  Next time you are driving by Black Canyon City, take the exit off and visit the historic Rock Spring Café.

September 16, 2016

For Sale: Big Barn Antiques

I see this building every time I head down Highway 69 towards Prescott from Phoenix.  I have never stopped in to check it out in all the times I drove by.  This last time, my friend and I decided to stop and wouldn't you know it, it is for sale.  Talk about bad timing.

These rusty old vehicles and tower are along the highway and near the antique barn.

September 13, 2016

Photos Around Mayer AZ

Mayer is a cute little town between Phoenix and Prescott on Highway 69.  It has lots of interesting buildings and shops.

September 10, 2016

Big Bug Station

The town of Mayer was named after its founder, Joseph Mayer in 1881. Joseph traveled around Arizona mining in several places. Before landing in Mayer, he was living in a mining camp in the Bradshaw Mountains called, Tip Top. From there he traveled to the banks of Big Bug Creek where he felt like he was home and put down roots. He purchased the Big Bug Station with gold and brought his family there to live. He had a home built along with a building for his business. This structure was constructed it with porticoes in the front and back which extended from one end to the other. One side of the building was the general merchandise store with a bar and the other side was a restaurant.

Today, you can enjoy a great meal at the deli in the Big Bug Station. The bread is all freshly made daily. The cook is proud of his homemade horseradish sauce which adds the right flavor to any sandwich. I had pastrami on sourdough with the horseradish sauce and it was the best I had ever eaten. I would recommend that if you find yourself in Mayer taking photos of the cemetery, be sure to stop at the Big Bug Station and give one of their sandwiches a try.

Big Bug Station
Hours: 6 am to 3 pm, 7 days a week