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Hackberry, Arizona (Route 66)


Hackberry, Arizona, has a rich history intertwined with silver mining, Route 66, and the fluctuating fortunes of American road travel. The town originated around 1874 when the Hackberry Silver Mine was developed, a name derived from a hackberry tree located near a spring close to the mine site. Mining operations led to the town’s early growth, marked by boom and bust cycles typical of mining towns, influenced by the fluctuating prices of commodities​​.

The arrival of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad, later known as the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, in the early 1880s marked a significant development for Hackberry. The railroad’s completion through northern Arizona in 1883 shifted the town’s location about four miles to accommodate the railway line. Hackberry then evolved into a crucial point for cattle shipments, at one point ranking third in Arizona for the volume shipped. The mining, cattle, and railroad activities brought a transient population, leading to a town characterized by its lively, albeit often lawless, social life​​.

Despite the prosperity brought by silver mining, the Hackberry Silver Mine closed in 1919 due to depleting ore and internal disputes among the mine’s owners. This closure nearly turned Hackberry into a ghost town. However, the construction of Route 66 in 1926 breathed new life into the community, transforming it into a tourist and service stop for travelers. Businesses flourished again, including the notable Union 76 service station operated by John Grigg from the 1920s until his death in 1967, and the Northside Grocery and its Conoco station, which operated until 1978​​.

The construction of Interstate 40, which bypassed Hackberry by 16 miles without an off-ramp, led to a decline in the town’s significance as a stop along the famous route. Despite this, Hackberry has not been forgotten. The Hackberry General Store, originally established on the site of the Northside Grocery, was reopened in 1992 by artist Bob Waldmire as a Route 66 tourism information post and souvenir shop. It remains a popular stop for Route 66 enthusiasts, showcasing vintage cars and memorabilia from the heyday of the “Mother Road”​​.

Today, Hackberry stands as a testament to the enduring allure of Route 66 and the American spirit of travel and adventure. It’s a place where visitors can step back in time to experience a slice of American history, from its mining roots to its pivotal role in the era of cross-country road trips​​.

Hackberry Arizona established in 1875 when a Silver Mine was established nearby. The Town was named after the mine that was named for a Hackberry Tree growing in a nearby Spring.

sources: hackberryarizona.com/ legendsofamerica.com/hackberry-arizona/ wikipedia.org

Route 66 Attractions in Hackberry, Arizona

  1. Hackberry General Store
  2. Classic Cars and Trucks along with Gas Pumps and signs

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