The Historic Crown King Saloon is located high in the Bradshaw Mountains of Arizona on Senator Highway. There are just over 100 full time residents and many weekend cabin owners. In addition to the Crown King Saloon & Cafe, Main Street consists of The Mill Restaurant, The Prospector Mall and BBQ, The General Store and Post Office and our Crown King Fire Department. Our one room schoolhouse is located nearby and currently has 5 students enrolled. There are many rental cabins within walking distance.
In the late 1800's, Crown King had thousands of residents and was named after the Crowned King Mine. There were over 500 structures during the mining era including boardinghouses, saloons, several general stores and restaurants. A railroad was built in 1904 to help mining operations but due to lack of water and the high transporting costs to process material, the railroad was abandoned in 1926. The old railroad bed is still used today as the main access road to Crown King.
A man by the name of Tom Anderson was a miner at the Crowned King Mine and Mill before it closed. Shortly after the turn of the century, he built a butcher shop in the downtown area where Main Street is now located. In 1916, he moved, or had moved the Saloon from OroBelle, andother old mining town between Crown King and Lake Pleasant, to Crown King where it continues to be recognized and one of the oldest continuously operated Saloons in Arizona.
The actual date the saloon was built in OroBelle is unknown but we can guess around 1890's. We do know that a man by the name of "Burro" John Revello ran the whorehouse and saloon and that it was quite the popular place for women, cards and drinks. Burro John later married one of the prostitutes and moved into a home in the Humbug Creek area. The Saloon was then dismantled and moved by burros from OroBelle to Crown King, again by Tom Anderson who then ran the establishment in Crown King.
Currently, the Saloon is still known for it's drinks but also serves up some great grub as well. The upstairs is closed to the public but leaves a lot to the imagination as the windows are still open and may have a couple of ladies waiting to be seen. The Crown King Saloon is full of photos showing the history of Crown King and we welcome you to come on in and take a look around.
MJ's Café offers a variety of items including breakfast (Sat/Sun only), appetizers, salads, wraps, BBQ, burgers and more. A kids menu is available. Don't forget to ask for homemade dessert specials.
Pull up a barstool or chair at a table and enjoy one of our many rotating craft brews on tap, including our special Crown King Ale. We also offer wine selections and a full bar of your favorite mixed drinks. Enjoy your drinks at our outside deck and patio areas as well on those sunny days.
We offer live music and events throughout the year. Lodging is available within walking distance. Visit crownkingaz.com and click the lodging tab at the top of the page for reservations.
*WE LOVE OUR PETS, HOWEVER WE ARE NOT ABLE TO SHARE THE PROPERTY WITH THEM AT THIS TIME. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.*
Casey and Lorrie met in the Crown King Saloon in 1988 while still teenagers and married in 1991. They both have spent much time celebrating family events and creating memories throughout the years in the Crown King community and Saloon. They've always had a special connection and attachment to the Saloon and "joked" about someday becoming the Proprietors stating it was their destiny. After raising 3 children, the opportunity arose for them to fulfill that destiny in July, 2018. Casey is an Arizona native and graduated from Moon Valley. He found Crown King by being an off-road kind of guy. He spent most of his prior work years in the printing and packaging industry although he began bartending for the previous Saloon owners a few years prior. Lorrie is also an Arizona native and graduated from Cactus High School. Her parents built a family cabin in Crown King in the early 1980's. She comes from a dental/orthodontic background. They are very happy to be full time residents Crown King. Their goals are to create the same memories and experiences for their family and customers that they have had, which is what made them fall in love with the community of Crown King and the Saloon itself.