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Boulders block Senator Highway
Yavapai County Public Works/Courtesy photo
Yavapai County Public Works/Courtesy photo
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It probably will be today or Thursday before Senator Highway reopens after a rockslide blocked it, Yavapai County Public Works officials said Monday.

Large boulders fell from a steep hillside and blocked the highway Saturday, said Naomi Hewitt at the Public Works Department.

The rockslide is located about 10 miles south of Prescott and about three miles south of where Senator Highway turns to dirt at the YMCA Sky-Y camp. It's between mile markers 10 and 11 near the Senator Mine south of Groom Creek.

Residents who live along Senator Highway south of the rockslide can use Walker Road to drive to the north.

Senator Highway connects Prescott to Crown King about 30 miles to the south. The rockslide is located north of the intersec-tion of Walker Road and Senator Highway, so people who want to drive south toward Crown King can take Walker to Senator.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 04, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

Looks like I don't know as much as I thought...

The Ten Spot of the Senator group is close to the adit I referred to, but it looks like the Ten Spot is a shaft.

So the name of the adit and tunnel, with the "Oatmeal" water flowing from it is still a mystery.

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

@ Bigelow

Most interesting. Thanks!

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2013
Article comment by: Mt. Bigelow

@ Alan I left Wagoner Road out because the only people who come in that way are Hozoni Ranch or Cooper Downs. They have been here as long as my Family, and have a deep respect for the Land.
My Grandfather worked as an underground stiff. The mine you enquire about is indeed the North Portal to the Senator on the Ten Spot Vein, one of four veins comprising the Senator Mine. The ruins above the road at that spot is all that remains of the Post Office at the mill town of Alexandria. Down the canyon a short distance was the placer workings of Delta Camp, principle of which were the Howard Mine, and the Harlan Mine (later known as the Howard Barrington). In 1903, three pockets of placer gold were extracted that yeilded 40K in gold @ period values.

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

@ Bigelow Squared.

Um, you forgot Wagoner Road...

Geez how ya gonna get your beans, and such?

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

That's NOT the Senator Mine.

The Senator is located WNW of Mount Union, about two miles SE of the slide.

I've been trying to find out the name of the mine in the bottom of the chasm North of Walker Rd. for some time. Anyone know what it is?

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2013
Article comment by: Mt Bigelow Bigelow Peak

I could bloviate at great length on this subject, but in the interest of brevity, I will keep it short.
Now all we need are rock slides on Walker Road, the Crown King Road, and the Fort Misery Trail. Suddenly, hordes of alcohol fueled mouth breathers who think these roads are their personal Baja 1,000 will be blocked out, and my Family will have the peace and tranquility back we had 6 generations ago.
You "people" are directly responsible for the recent closure of 3,000 miles of roads and trails in Coconino National Forest. Next closures - Prescott National Forest, and with good cause. I'm just sad this has to impact responsible OHV riders who are in the tiny minority.
6th Gen Native

Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Article comment by: J L

I love how the Phoenix stations were telling people that wanted to get to Groom Creek that they had to go through Walker...brillant...

Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Article comment by: @ Oooh, 4-wheeling opportunity!

You do realize that most "highways" started out dirt, there is actually sections of the old wooden highway that ran through the desert by Yuma.

So, "outsider" - go back to that metropolitan place you are from!

Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Article comment by: Oooh, 4-wheeling opportunity!

Keep it there! Rocks are fun. As a winter outsider looking in, I get a kick out of this dirt road designation, 'highway'.

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