By Eric Jacobsen
Between Congress and Yarnell lies the ghost town of Stanton, Arizona. For years during the 1860s, the town was called Antelope Station and served as a stagecoach stop.
In 1863, pioneer Pauline Weaver and other miners discovered gold along Antelope Creek. A tracker named Alvaro tripped over a pile of gold nuggets “as big as potatoes.” From that time on, the area became known as Rich Hill. Eventually, it would yield nearly $500,000 ($7 million in 2019 dollars) in gold. The town soon grew to 3,500 people, all hoping to strike it rich.