OLD CONGRESS CEMETARY
The Old Congress Cemetery is near the mine, north of current town. Plagued by vandals' and those who do not respect it's value, it is a truly special treasure.
Congress' post office was established January 19, 1889 and discontinued August 31, 1928. The gold mine that boomed this town was discovered by Dennis May on March 25, 1884. There were two sections to Congress, "Mill town", and "Lower town", the later of which contained the residences and general businesses. Congress even had its own electric light plant.
But, as with most towns of this age, water was scarce. After the mines petered out the town lived on as a railroad station only to become what today is known as Congress Junction. Many structures are left today including the old cemetary
Congress is located on the junction between SR 71 and SR 89 and the town was divided in two: "Mill Town" and "Lower Town". "Mill Town" was close to the mines and there were company's offices, one hospital and residences. "Lower Town" was longer to the south and there was shopping area with restaurants, shops and saloon, two churches and one school.
The only thing what is left from Lower Town now, is cemetery. Congress become to live after Dennis May found gold on mart 25, 1884. Mine was sold in 1887 and again in 1894, when flourishing period began. Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix Railroad passed 3 miles from the town in 1893.
The station known as Congress Junction, give this little community live and the town become own post office. In 1899 was Congress Consolidated Railroad finished between the mine and the Congress Junction. Congress was a growing mine town and the rich Congress mine employed more then 400 mend. In the middle of 190. the mine was empty. Post office opened on January 19, 1889 and closed in August 1938.
The Railroad Company build their own Congress, witch exist today. The earlier Congress Junction become ghost town and Congress followed the same destiny as many other towns in Arizona.
AND NOW MY COMRADES ALL ARE GONE;
NAUGHT REMAINS TO TOAST.
THEY HAVE LEFT ME HERE IN MISERY,
LIKE SOME POOR WANDER GHOST!
Don't Touch Anything!
Take Only Pictures!
Leave on FOOTPRINTS!