When it comes to places, everyone counts on one thing — the very name of the place. In order to know where you are, you need the name for that information. With names such as Paris, Abuja, California (which are all names of places), people are able to link these names to ideas that are lasting in their minds.
Although there are pretty awesome names out there, there are places that sound unconventional. Speaking of unconventional, there’s a special place located south west of the United States of America known as “Nothing.” Yep, you read that right!
Nothing is the name.
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The Town Called Nothing!!!
Located in Arizona en route from Las Vegas to Phoenix, 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Phoenix and roughly 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of the “rattlesnake capital of Arizona,” Wikieup, the town was established in 1977 by a local man named Richard “Buddy” Kenworthy. At its peak time, the town had a population of four people. It also had a gas station, convenience store, and a bar which was owned by its founder.
In front of the bar, there stood a signage which wrote:
“The 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 in Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.”
By May 2005, Kenworthy had moved to a new area, abandoning the town to its ruins.
An Attempt At Revival
In 2008, a man named Mike Jensen attempted to revamp the old, lonely, town. By 2009, Jensen had opened a pizza business, and hoped to open a mini-mart and create accommodations in the area. But by 2011, Nothing was once again abandoned to its ruins. As of today, the place continues to be abandoned with the old pizza store refurbished and used as an unofficial restroom for travellers.
What Has Come Of Nothing?
In the present, Nothing still looks abandoned with its empty streets and broken signages. With nothing but garbage, heaps of gravel, heavy roadside bushes, and one old looking building — Nothing does live up to its name.
With its uniqueness and the phenomenon as to why nothing really lasts in the town, it has managed to pull itself some audience with people visiting the place for tourism purposes. Aside from that, there has not been any information revealing any attempt to revive it again. Although heartbreaking, let’s not lose hope, after all, it is very true that something can definitely come out of Nothing!
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Written by: Abigail Adeyemi, Wed, Jan 05, 2022.