“Pursuant to judgement rendered in the Superior Court of the state of Arizona, in and for the county of Pima. Case no. 30813” .... this road side marker commemorates the moving of the Clarkston cemetery.
Clarkston, which was once a thriving town with a population of 1500, is now just another Arizona ghost town. The town was located at +32° 22' 7.20", -112° 50' 43.20" and was named after its founder, Sam Clark. Sam owned all of the property, which he rented to the settlers. Despite its proximity to both Ajo and New Cornelia, Clarkston was more populated than its rival towns.
The lack of a sufficient water supply turned out to be a major obstacle for the town and its residents. Neighboring New Cornelia refused to sell water to its competitor. Until a deeper well was drilled to find a natural water source, water had to be shipped in from various locations. At its peak, Clarkston could boast of many big city luxuries; it had a movie theater, pool hall, two bathhouses, a weekly paper called Copper News, and even a music shop. The Clarkston's continued shortage of water plagued the town until the very end. In 1931, a fiery blaze destroyed the town and led to its ghost town status.
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The book Backcountry Adventures Arizona: The Ultimate Guide to the Arizona Backcountry for Anyone With a Sport Utility Vehicle by Peter Massey, Jeanne Wilson was used to research the history of Clarkston (Ronwood).