Elevation: 2,579 feet
Bumble Bee is a ghost town in the Bradshaw Mountains of Yavapai
County, Arizona, United States, named for nearby Bumble Bee Creek.
Established in 1863, Bumble Bee served as a stagecoach stop and an
outpost for the U.S. Cavalry; with a post office established in 1879.
With the demise of the stagecoach and the mining in the surrounding
area, the site eventually faded away. An attempt to make the town a
tourist attraction during the mid 1930s resulted in the construction
of the current buildings; several of the buildings still stand and are
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Bumble Bee, Arizona and the nearby creek were given its name in
1870 when a Nevada former slave owner, J.X. Theut, first spotted the
water source that saved his life. It is at this creek that Theut ran
into the legendary drunk named K. Billingsley Callaway. Legend holds
that Theut, known for being notoriously swift on his feet, came to the
conclusion of tossing a rock at a bee hive which rested 2 feet from
the maniac Billingsley Callaway. Theut tossed the pebble and the bees
attacked Billingsley. Billingsley, being allergic to bees fell ill and
crawled away back into his cave. Nobody has seen either man since.