Mayer Arizona

As the story goes, Joseph Mayer came to the area in 1881. He built a store and a saloon. Later, he established a Wells Fargo stage station. The station was built along the line between Phoenix and Prescott. After a period of time, the town was named after him. Today Mayer is a growing community. Pictured to the right is Grand Canyon Harley Davison in Mayer.



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*Mayer is situated where, in 1882, Joe Mayer built a store that also had overnight accommodations for travelers. It was so
successful that he added a stage station and saloon. Mayer's store was the handiest place around. Cattlemen would lodge there while laying out $3,000 or $4,000 for reprovisioning.

As mines opened at Stoddard, Copper Mountain, and Poland,
the town expanded. It received a post office in 1884, and two years later Joe Mayer constructed the two-story Mayer Hotel. The Prescott and Eastern Railroad arrived in 1898, further solidifying the community's importance as a center of commerce.
Joe Mayer was a natural entrepreneur. A 1902 issue of the Prescott Journal-Miner reports that Mayer, in partner-ship with E.S. Rogers, planned to market toothpicks made from cactus thorns as "Indian Souvenir Toothpicks."

The newspaper had received a sample lot and was duly impressed. The most obvious landmark in Mayer is the lone smokestack, 120 feet high, of the Great Western Smelter. Built in 1916, it was planned as part of a complex that would raise the daily capacity of the smelter from 200 to 700 tons.


Today, Mayer remains a sleepy little community and the home of our friends at

Grand Canyon Harley Davidson.

If you find yourself in the area, stop in and say hi to our good friends Jim Payne in sales and Pete in service. Tell them the coffee is on us. You're on your own with the new Harley!

*All text source about Mayer extracted from "Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps" by Philip Varney, Arizona Highways Books