There aren't a ton of surprises about the abandoned ghost town of Nothing, Arizona. It got its name in the exact same way you'd expect (a group of four "drunk" pals opened a gas station in the Arizona desert, and called it "Nothing" just because), it's in the exact place you would expect (in the middle of nowhere), it was exactly as successful as you'd expect (not very) and there's pretty much nothing to see or do in Nothing. Not these days, at least. But honestly, if you expected anything from A Town Called Nothing, then you're about to be super disappointed.
Back when Nothing first opened in the late 1970's, the group of four friends ran a gas station and a little garage, and sold souvenirs on the side. Despite their remote location, the gas station operated until 2005, when it was shut down and sold. The new owner took out the gas pumps and fenced it off, but put it up for sale again. The third owner planned to reopen Nothing with a restaurant, but not surprisingly, he had a hard time getting his plan to open an eatery in the middle of nowhere off the ground (although think of the potential! "So, what do you want for dinner?" "Nothing.", etc. etc.)
So now Nothing is back to being, well... nothing. There's still one abandoned building, all boarded up, but you can still see the signs declaring that you're in "NOTHING", which are a great photo op, by the way. And there's still a glimmer of hope for the settlement; at least, the Arizona Department of Transportation thinks so. Actually, you really have to appreciate their sense of humor. They installed a motorist callbox in Nothing and placed a little sign on it that pretty much sums everything beautiful and poetic about the town of Nothing. It reads:
Town of Nothing Arizona. Founded 1977. Elevation 3269ft.
The staunch citizens of Nothing are full of Hope, Faith, and Believe in the work ethic. Thru-the-years-these dedicated people had faith in Nothing, hoped for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.
Luckily for any RVers planning on visiting A Town Called Nothing, there are a few RV campsites nearby, like Burro Creek Campground.
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