Railroad Avenue. Wickenburg, Arizona in 1915. Photo from the Desert Caballeros Western Museum Collection.
The structure currently opperates as the gift shop, "Buckshot Babe's."
Henry Wickenburg came to the area in search of gold. He was rewarded with the discovery of Vulture Mine, where over $30 million in gold was found. Ranchers and farmers discovered the fertile flood plain of the Hassayampa River and settled in the area. Together with Henry Wickenburg and the miners, they helped found the young community of Wickenburg in 1863.
It was a rough start for the town with Indian wars, mine closures, desperados, drought and a disastrous flood in 1890 when the Walnut Creek Dam burst. Despite these trials and tribulations the town continued to grow and in 1895 the railroad arrived in town.
The Town of Wickenburg was incorporated in 1909. To accommodate the shaggy looking and not-so-sweet smelling miners Helm Bath and Barber was built in 1910. It was the first bath & barber shop in town.
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