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Weaver's post office was established May 26, 1899 and was discontinued April
19, 1900 because it was moved to nearby Octave. Weaver is the site of the
richest placer deposits in
In 1863, the same year that Henry Wickenburg discovered the Vulture mine, Pauline
Weaver, a famous western prospector and scout, led a group of people organized by
Abraham Harlow Peeples from
One night they killed three antelope beside a creek under the rocky hilltop. When some of the party searched for gold by the creek, a man named Alvaro clambered to the top of the hill and found gold nuggets. The creek was named Antelope Creek, the canyon on the east side of the hill became Weaver Gulch, and the top of the hill that contained the ore became Rich Hill.
Three cities surrounded Rich Hill:
When the gold ore was depleted, the popular community of Weaver became a dangerous place and made the town of Stanton appear to be a nice place. Weaver became a hide out for thugs, con-men, deadbeats and killers. Some of them were hired by Charles Stanton in his fight for power.
Photograph by: Neal Du Shane 2005
After the killing of William Segna in 1898 who was the owner of a combined saloon and general store, people moved from Weaver because of the perceived and real danger to their lives, moving to Octave, the nearby town halfway between Stanton and Weaver.
Weaver's post office was established May 26, 1899 and was discontinued April 19, 1900 because it was also moved to nearby Octave. After 30 years with non law the gangs were definitely haunted out and Weaver became ghost town.
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Weaver. AZ c. 1890
After the 1898 murder of William Segna, the owner of a saloon-general store,
a newspaper article called for the complete eradication of Weaver because of its
unsavory inhabitants. The town's few remaining law-abiding citizens left soon
after Segna's murder, many relocating to the nearby town of
Courtesy Wickenburg Sun
Wednesday, April 9, 2008, pg B-7 - 70 Years Ago
Old Goatherder Woman is Dead (Friday, April 8, 1938) Josefa,
the goatherder, another of the fantastic characters of the
Her real name was Josefa Alvarez, and those in the Octave
district who knew her placed her age at between 115 and 120 years. Legends of
the wrinkled little woman had it that she once was the virtual queen of an
Indian village near
She was baptized by the padres who went to
Josefa came to
Friends found her dead Tuesday. She will be buried at Boot Hill cemetery on Weaver Creek.
quickly diverted to the finding of Josefa Alverez (The Goatherder Woman) at
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