Tip Top, Arizona

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Tip Top, Arizona
Ghost town
Northern end of Tip Top, circa 1888
Northern end of Tip Top, circa 1888
Tip Top, Arizona is located in Arizona
Tip Top, Arizona
Tip Top, Arizona
Location in the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°03′03″N 112°14′49″W / 34.05083°N 112.24694°W / 34.05083; -112.24694Coordinates: 34°03′03″N 112°14′49″W / 34.05083°N 112.24694°W / 34.05083; -112.24694
Country United States
State Arizona
County Yavapai
Founded 1876
Abandoned 1895
Elevation[1] 2,510 ft (765 m)
Population (2009)
 • Total 0
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
Post Office opened August 12, 1880
Post Office closed February 14, 1895

Tip Top is a ghost town in Yavapai County in the U.S. state of Arizona. The town was settled in 1876 in what was then the Arizona Territory.


Primarily a silver-mining town, it had a post office from August 12, 1880, until February 14, 1895. The town was founded after Jack Moore and Bill Corning struck a significant lode of silver in 1875.[2][3]

The nearby ghost town of Gillett was the original mill site for the ore from the Tip Top mine.

Tip Top at its peak had over 500 residents and was one of the largest towns in Arizona at the time.

Many ruins still exist in Tip Top today.

Tip Top is the setting for The Nightjar Women, the last story in the weird western anthology Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter by Edward M. Erdelac.

Old corral at Tip Top, Arizona


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tip Top (historical)
  2. ^ Sherman, James E.; Barbara H. Sherman (1969). "Tip Top". Ghost Towns of Arizona (First ed.). University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 151–152. ISBN 0-8061-0843-6. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  3. ^ Arizona Days and Ways, September 11, 1966

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