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Pinal City, Arizona

Pinal, Arizona
Ghost town

View of the mill and town of Pinal, c. 1880.

Coordinates: 33°16′41″N 111°08′21″W / 33.27806°N 111.13917°W / 33.27806; -111.13917Coordinates: 33°16′41″N 111°08′21″W / 33.27806°N 111.13917°W / 33.27806; -111.13917

Country United States
State Arizona
County Pinal
Founded 1878
Abandoned 1891
Elevation[1] 2,526 ft (770 m)
Population (2009)
 • Total 0
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
Post Office opened April 10, 1878
Post Office closed November 28, 1891

Pinal or Pinal City is a ghost town in Pinal County in the U.S. state of Arizona. The town was populated from the 1870s into the 1890s, in what was then the Arizona Territory.

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is said to be on the site of Pinal City.[2] Only a few foundations and "a lot of trash" remain at the old townsite.[3] The LOST Trail system crosses from the Arizona Trail to the Town of Superior, crossing through the old Pinal town site. From the USFS "This Legends of Superior Trail connects the historic mining town of Superior with the Arizona Trail, 6 miles to the west. Along the way it passes through the high Sonoran Desert, the remains of the abandoned town of Pinal, and the riparian forest along Queen Creek, all while under the gaze of the majestic Picketpost Mountain to the south and Apache Leap to the east. Along the way you will find numbered stations on posts where you can use this brochure to learn more about the history and environment of this uniquely beautiful area." [4][5][6]


After an abortive settlement by troops under General George Stoneman from November 1870 to August 1871 the area was developed by prospectors and ranchers. Silver was discovered resulting in a boom town of about two thousand residents at the foot of Picket Post Mountain by 1878. The post office was established on April 10, 1878 as Picket Post, and the name was formally changed to Pinal on June 27, 1879.[7]

Pinal City's biggest claim to fame is as the death place of Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock, Wyatt Earp's common law wife on 4 July 1888, from an alcohol and laudanum overdose.

When the Silver King Mine played out, Pinal City went into steep decline. The post office closed on November 28, 1891, and the town was deserted shortly thereafter.[7]

The nearby Silver Queen mine continued and gradually became a better producer of copper, forming the basis of the town site of Superior by 1900. .[2]


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