Nothing, Arizona

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Nothing, Arizona
Settlement
Nothing, Arizona is located in Arizona
Nothing, Arizona
Nothing, Arizona
Location in the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°28′47″N 113°20′7″W / 34.47972°N 113.33528°W / 34.47972; -113.33528Coordinates: 34°28′47″N 113°20′7″W / 34.47972°N 113.33528°W / 34.47972; -113.33528
Country United States
State Arizona
County Mohave County
Settled 1977
Population (2008)
 • Total 0

Nothing is a small unincorporated settlement in far eastern Mohave County, Arizona, United States with four inhabitants.[1]

History[edit]

The locals told travelers it "got named by a bunch of drunks."[2] It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[3]

The settlement was established in 1977, located 100 miles northwest of Phoenix Arizona,[4] and roughly 20 miles south of Wikieup, the "rattlesnake capital of Arizona."[5] It is west of Bagdad at milepost 148½ on U.S. Route 93 (the Joshua Forest Scenic Parkway) between Wickenburg and Kingman, on the route from Las Vegas to Phoenix.[6]

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) installed one of four motorist callboxes on U.S. 93 at Nothing.[7]

The town sign read:[8][9]

Town of Nothing Arizona. Founded 1977. Elevation 3269ft.
The staunch citizens of Nothing are full of Hope, Faith, and Believe in the work ethic. Thru-the-years-these dedicated people had faith in Nothing, hoped for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.

Commerce and attractions[edit]

The entire population ran a gas stop and garage. The gas station had a flat bed truck selling rocks and minerals found nearby as local souvenirs. Behind the gas station, down the embankment, was a small scrap heap.[citation needed]

Recent history[edit]

Nothing was abandoned by May 2005, and by August 2008, the gas station was beginning to collapse.[10] An attempted revival of Nothing occurred at some time after August 2008 when Nothing was purchased by Mike Jensen.[11] By April 2009, Jensen had opened his pizza business, run from a portable oven, with hopes of reopening the mini-mart and creating accommodations for RVs.

As of April 2011, it appears that Nothing has once again been abandoned. The building has fresh boards in the windows, and no sign of inhabitance or being open.[12]

Nothing, Arizona in January 2011

Cultural influences[edit]

Anais and Billy Yeager's film "Jesus of Malibu" was partially filmed in Nothing, Arizona.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nothing, Arizona, USA from amusingfacts.com
  2. ^ Peterson, Dale (2001). Storyville, Usa. Athens: University of Georgia Press. p. 238. ISBN 0-8203-2303-9. 
  3. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. xi. 
  4. ^ Nothing, Arizona by Andrew Eames, from travelintelligence.net
  5. ^ A trip to Bagdad and Some Other Places Not In Iraq by Gordon Burhop from desertusa.com
  6. ^ What there is in Nothing
  7. ^ Motorist Assist Patrol U.S. 93 Corridor
  8. ^ A town called Nothing by Dmitry Knyazev, From issue 2550 of New Scientist magazine, 06 May 2006, page 88
  9. ^ 10 Advantages of Doing Ministry Without a Ministry Strategy by Tony Morgan, May 31, 2005
  10. ^ Nothing, AZ - Nothing, Arizona
  11. ^ Ruelas, Richard (29 April 2009). "Pizza chef has high hopes for his roadside attraction". The Arizona Republic. Gannett. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  12. ^ The Inevitable Return Of Nothing

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