Cochran, Arizona

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Cochran, Arizona
Ghost town
Cochran is located in Arizona
Cochran
Cochran
Location in the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 33°06′34″N 111°08′59″W / 33.10944°N 111.14972°W / 33.10944; -111.14972Coordinates: 33°06′34″N 111°08′59″W / 33.10944°N 111.14972°W / 33.10944; -111.14972
Country United States
State Arizona
County Pinal
Founded 1905
Abandoned 1915
Named for John S. Cochran, first postmaster[1]
Elevation[2] 1,640 ft (500 m)
Population (2009)
 • Total 0
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
Post Office opened January 3, 1905
Post Office closed January 15, 1915

Cochran is a ghost town in Pinal County in the U.S. state of Arizona. The town was settled in 1905, in what was then the Arizona Territory.

History[edit]

Named after its first postmaster, John S. Cochran, the small mining camp also served as a stop on the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railway. The post office was established on January 3, 1905, and was discontinued on January 15, 1915. At its peak, the town was home to approximately one hundred residents, and housed a general store and a boardinghouse, among other establishments.[1]

Apart from a few building foundations in the town center, and the train tracks that still run by the edge of the now-abandoned town site, Cochran's last and most notable remains are a set of five largely intact beehive coke ovens across the Gila River at Butte, Arizona.

Coke Ovens near Butte, Arizona

The Coke Ovens are on a 189 acre section of private property, visitation is not allowed.

Geography[edit]

Cochran is located about 15 miles (24 km) east of Florence, Arizona at 33°06′34″N 111°08′59″W / 33.10944°N 111.14972°W / 33.10944; -111.14972.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sherman, James E.; Barbara H. Sherman (1969). "Cochran". Ghost Towns of Arizona (First ed.). University of Oklahoma Press. p. 35. ISBN 0-8061-0843-6. 
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cochran

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