White Hills, Arizona

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White Hills, Arizona
White Hills Mining Camp (1898)
White Hills Mining Camp (1898)
Location of White Hills in Mohave County, Arizona.
Location of White Hills in Mohave County, Arizona.
White Hills, Arizona is located in Arizona
White Hills, Arizona
White Hills, Arizona
Location of White Hills in Mohave County, Arizona.
Coordinates: 35°44′17″N 114°23′51″W / 35.73806°N 114.39750°W / 35.73806; -114.39750Coordinates: 35°44′17″N 114°23′51″W / 35.73806°N 114.39750°W / 35.73806; -114.39750
CountryUnited States
 • Total51.92 sq mi (134.48 km2)
 • Land51.92 sq mi (134.48 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation2,792 ft (851 m)
 • Total2,882
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
Area code(s)928
GNIS feature ID24687[2]

White Hills is a census-designated place in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. White Hills is 12.5 miles (20.1 km) northwest of Dolan Springs.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[4]


In 1892, Henry Shaffer discovered silver deposits in the area, with the help of local Native Americans. The resulting mining efforts led to the creation of the town of White Hills, which reportedly grew to a population of 1,500. The mines consisted of 27 miles (43 km) of tunnels, and a full fifteen mines were being worked within one mile (1.6 km) of the town. In 1894, the White Hills Mining Company was formed to run the operations, but they sold out in 1895 for a price of $1,500,000. The new owners, part of an English company, constructed a 40-stamp mill in the town. However, water had to be piped in from 7 miles (11 km) away, and the supply was never able to meet the mine and mill's demands. Production peaked in 1898, and soon after the mill began operating only half of the time. The town went into decline, and eventually became a ghost town.[5]

White Hills received media attention in 2014 when Charles Vacca, a shooting instructor, was accidentally shot and killed by a 9 year-old girl at a local gun range.[6]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: White Hills
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "National Park Service - Prospector, Cowhand, and Sodbuster (Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings)". Nps.gov. 2005-05-22. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  6. ^ http://ktla.com/2014/09/03/new-details-emerge-in-fatal-shooting-of-arizona-firing-range-instructor-by-girl-9-learning-to-use-uzi/

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