Paradise, Arizona

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Paradise, Arizona
Ghost town
Paradise, Arizona is located in Arizona
Paradise, Arizona
Paradise, Arizona
Location in the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 31°56′5″N 109°13′8″W / 31.93472°N 109.21889°W / 31.93472; -109.21889Coordinates: 31°56′5″N 109°13′8″W / 31.93472°N 109.21889°W / 31.93472; -109.21889
Country United States
State Arizona
County Cochise
Founded 1901
Abandoned 1943
Elevation[1] 5,482 ft (1,671 m)
Population (2011)
 • Total 5
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
Post Office opened October 23, 1901
Post Office closed September 30, 1943

Paradise is a ghost town in Cochise County in the U.S. state of Arizona. The town was settled in 1901 in what was then the Arizona Territory.

History[edit]

Old Paradise photo.

In 1901 the Chiricahua Development Company located a vein of ore here. A post office was established on October 23, 1901, and at its peak, the town had saloons, general stores, a jail and a hotel. The town was essentially abandoned when the local mines failed, and the post office closed on September 30, 1943.[2][3] However, a few residents remained. In June 2011, there were five permanent residents and 29 standing structures[4] when the Horseshoe 2 Fire swept through the area.[5]

Geography[edit]

Paradise is located 5.7 miles west (up-mountain) from Portal, Arizona at 31°56′5″N 109°13′8″W / 31.93472°N 109.21889°W / 31.93472; -109.21889 (31.9348131,-109.2189503), and is surrounded by Coronado National Forest land.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

A fictional town named Paradise in Arizona is the main setting of the video game Postal 2. The town is destroyed by a nuclear explosion at the end of the game. However, the town in Postal 2 is actually based on Bisbee, Arizona, as confirmed by one of the developers.[6]

The movie Postal is also set in a fictional town named Paradise. While the movie doesn't directly identify the state, there is a scene where a law enforcement agent is stopped behind an elderly woman who doesn't grasp the concept of a green light. The license plate on her car is clearly Arizona

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paradise
  2. ^ Sherman, James E.; Barbara H. Sherman (1969). "Paradise". Ghost Towns of Arizona (First ed.). University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-8061-0843-6. 
  3. ^ Granger, Byrd H. (1970) Arizona Place Names, Tucson: University of Arizona Press
  4. ^ Southwest Incident Management Team (21 May 2011) "Emergency Bulletin: Horseshoe Two Fire Update; Precautionary Evacuation Remains in Effect" Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN)
  5. ^ Rocky Basin Type-2 Incident Management Team (10 June 2011) "Emergency Bulletin: Horseshoe Two Fire 40 Percent Contained; Winds Expected from Southwest" Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN)
  6. ^ http://runningwithscissors.com/main/index.php?topic=1399.msg18103#msg18103

Further reading[edit]

  • Alden Hayes, A Portal to Paradise, University of Arizona Press (1999), ISBN 0-8165-2144-1