Crown King is an unincorporated community in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, located at an elevation of 5,771 feet (1,759 m). Crown King population 133.
The site of a former gold mining town, Crown King is 28 miles west of Interstate 17 on Senator Highway, high in the Bradshaw Mountains. The community is named after the Crowned King mine, but the name was shortened to Crown King in 1888.
An estimated USD $2,000,000 in gold was taken from the Crowned King Mine alone; the mines have been closed since the 1950s and for the past half-century tourism has been the only reliable source of income in the area.
While an active mining town, Crown King was served by the Bradshaw Mountain Railroad. Rail service to the area began in 1904 upon completion of "Murphy's Impossible Railroad" — a series of switchbacks and trestles that ascended the mountain terrain between Cleator and Crown King.
The bodies of Omer Lee Casey of Somerton and William Ray Middaugh of Yuma were found Monday in a national forest campground about 30 miles southeast of Prescott by U.S. Forest Service workers.
On Tuesday the suspect in the double murders, identified as 21-year-old Rusty Rankin of Phoenix, apparently killed himself at a Colorado hotel after police spent three hours trying to coax him out of his room. Lt. Steve Francis of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said detectives knew of no apparent motive for the killings.
Casey and Middaugh, longtime friends, had gone to the Crown King area to go camping,
The longtime friends often went camping and spent hours in target shooting competition, Omer Lee Casey was an owner of the Casey & Sons harvesting company.
Middaugh retired from Arizona Public Service after working at the Yucca plant for more than 30 years.
The double murder was the second in recent months in the area.
In October, two other campers were found murdered in a campground not far from the site of Monday's grisly discovery. That double murder remains unsolved. Arizona police have not called Rankin a suspect in that case.
Brandon Rumbaugh, 20, and his girlfriend Lisa Gurrieri, 19, were killed by multiple gunshot wounds to the head. The couple from Scottsdale were parked five miles south of a campground near Prescott.
The old general store once stood here before the 2008 Crown King Fire.
I remember going camping to Horsethief Basin Lake as a kid staying in the campgrounds. Going to the general store and getting real mile the kind straight from the cow man was it so good. This is the first time since I have been back in some 30 years.
An old septic tank
Once was a road here before the 2008 fire.
The old basketball and tennis court.
I use to swing here when I was a kid
All the cabins are all gone now since the 2008 fire that wiped them all out.
I still remember sleeping here when I was a kid with my family.
We use to put a tarp over the opening and there use to be bunk beds in them.
OId cabins on top of Tower Mountain not in use anymore.
Lake pleasant out there somewhere
This Ranger Fire look out is no longer in use they fill
with all the radio and microwave towers
would harm the workers in the tower.
The old Ranger out house.
RIP Randy Kelly
Crown King School has been serving children in the same one-room schoolhouse since 1917
188 Tower Mountain Road, Crown King, Arizona 86343
Old Mines Everywhere
They have the best Fudge in all Arizona and they ship world wide.
Car lights on a switch back and stars in the background.
Only in Arizona
More Rain APS yard
Old Water Tank
Open year round in the pristine Bradshaw Mountains,
tucked away in the cool pines of Crown King.
An old House in Crown King.
The Crown King Cemetery
Friends around the campfire
Friends around the campfire
Fire in the Woods
Till Next Time!!