|Elevation||5,482 ft (1,671 m)|
|Time zone||MST (no DST) (UTC-7)|
|Post Office opened||October 23, 1901|
|Post Office closed||September 30, 1943|
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. However, a few residents remained. In June 2011, there were five permanent residents and 29 standing structures when the Horseshoe 2 Fire swept through the area.
In popular culture
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.
Robert Heinlein set his story "Blowups Happen" in Paradise, Arizona.
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
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paradise
- 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.
- Granger, Byrd H. (1970) Arizona Place Names, Tucson: University of Arizona Press
- Southwest Incident Management Team (21 May 2011) "Emergency Bulletin: Horseshoe Two Fire Update; Precautionary Evacuation Remains in Effect" Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN)
- 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)
- Alden Hayes, A Portal to Paradise, University of Arizona Press (1999), ISBN 0-8165-2144-1