Nothing, Arizona

Nothing is an uninhabited ghost town in eastern Mohave County, Arizona, United States.[1]

Nothing, Arizona
Nothing, Arizona in 2011
Nothing, Arizona in 2011
Nothing, Arizona is located in Arizona
Nothing, Arizona
Nothing, Arizona
Location in the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°28′47″N 113°20′7″W / 34.47972°N 113.33528°W / 34.47972; -113.33528Coordinates: 34°28′47″N 113°20′7″W / 34.47972°N 113.33528°W / 34.47972; -113.33528
CountryUnited States
Elevation3,268 ft (996 m)
 • Total0
GNIS feature ID2675317[1]


The locals told travelers it "got named by a bunch of drunks."[2] Nothing has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[3][4]

The settlement was established in 1977 by Richard "Buddy" Kenworthy,[5] located 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Phoenix, Arizona,[6] and roughly 20 miles (32 km) south of Wikieup, the "rattlesnake capital of Arizona."[7] It is west of Bagdad at milepost 148½ on U.S. Route 93 (the Joshua Forest Scenic Parkway) between Wickenburg and Kingman, on the route from Las Vegas to Phoenix.[8]

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) installed one of four motorist call boxes on U.S. 93 at Nothing.[9]

The town sign read:[10][11]

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 for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.

At its height, Nothing had a population of 4. The settlement contained a gas station and small convenience store.[12]

Nothing was abandoned by May 2005, and by August 2008, the gas station was beginning to collapse.[13] An attempted revival of Nothing occurred at some time after August 2008 when Nothing was purchased by Mike Jensen.[14] By April 2009, Jensen had opened his pizza business, run from a portable oven, with hopes of reopening the mini-mart and creating accommodations for RVs.

As of April 2011, it appears that Nothing has once again been abandoned. The building has fresh boards in the windows, and no sign of inhabitance or any activity.[15]

In 2016, Century 21 real estate ran a "Give Dad Nothing" promotion where a free 24-hour lease to a piece of property at Nothing, Arizona could be secured for June 19, 2016 (Father's Day) only.[16] The promotion was done with the participation of the current property owner[17] and included a downloadable "Certificate of Nothing" and gift card.


  1. ^ a b c "Nothing (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Peterson, Dale (2001). Storyville, USA. Athens: University of Georgia Press. p. 238. ISBN 0-8203-2303-9.
  3. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. xi.
  4. ^ Thompson, George E. (2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-4401-3421-0.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Nothing, Arizona by Andrew Eames, from
  7. ^ A trip to Bagdad and Some Other Places Not In Iraq by Gordon Burhop from
  8. ^ What there is in Nothing
  9. ^ Motorist Assist Patrol U.S. 93 Corridor[dead link]
  10. ^ A town called Nothing by Dmitry Knyazev, From issue 2550 of New Scientist magazine, 06 May 2006, page 88
  11. ^ 10 Advantages of Doing Ministry Without a Ministry Strategy by Tony Morgan, May 31, 2005
  12. ^ Will Shiers (6 November 2010). Roadside Relics: America's Abandoned Automobiles. MBI Publishing Company. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-61060-114-6.
  13. ^ Nothing, AZ - Nothing, Arizona
  14. ^ Ruelas, Richard (29 April 2009). "Pizza chef has high hopes for his roadside attraction". The Arizona Republic. Gannett. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  15. ^ The Inevitable Return Of Nothing
  16. ^ Cave, James (13 June 2016). "You Can Literally Give Dad 'Nothing' For Father's Day". The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  17. ^ Peters, Terry (8 June 2016). "Real estate company offers the chance to give Dad 'Nothing' this Father's Day". Today. NBC News. Retrieved 2016-06-19.

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