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.
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.
The movie adaptation of the video game, Postal, also takes place in Paradise, Arizona. 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 an Arizona license plate.