Bumble Bee, AZ
Bumble Bee is a
ghost town in the Bradshaw Mountains of Yavapai County, Arizona,
United States, named for nearby Bumble Bee Creek. Established
in 1863, Bumble Bee served as a stagecoach stop and an outpost for
the U.S. Cavalry; with a post office established in 1879.
With the demise of the stagecoach and
the mining in the surrounding area, the site eventually faded
away. An attempt to make the town a tourist attraction during
the mid 1930s resulted in the construction of the current
buildings; several of the buildings still stand and are
Bumble Bee, Arizona and the nearby creek
were given its name in 1870 when a Nevada former slave owner,
J.X. Theut, first spotted the water source that saved his life. It is at this creek that Theut ran into the legendary drunk
named K. Billingsley Callaway.
Legend holds that Theut, known for being
notoriously swift on his feet, came to the conclusion of tossing
a rock at a bee hive which rested 2 feet from the maniac
Billingsley Callaway. Theut tossed the pebble and the bees
attacked Billingsley. Billingsley, being allergic to bees fell
ill and crawled away back into his cave. Nobody has seen either
Bumble Bee is located 55 miles north of
Phoenix, Arizona just off I-17 at Exit # 248.