Apache Junction is a city in Maricopa and Pinal counties in Arizona. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city was 35,840, most of whom lived in Pinal County.
Apache Junction is named for the junction of the Apache Trail and U.S. Highway 60. Superstition Mountain, the westernmost peak of the Superstition Mountains, is nearby.
The median income (as of the 2000 census) for a household in the city was $33,170, and the median income for a family was $37,726. Males had a median income of $31,283 versus $22,836 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,806. About 7.3% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.
APache Junction was founded on mining and transportation in the late 1800s. The Apache Trail, the main artery of Apache Junction, takes you through a rich variety of shopping, dining, living, and working.
The history of Apache Junction dates back to the native people that inhabited the area long before it became the modern community it is today. Unlike most towns and cities, Apache Junction did not develop a centralized downtown area. Instead, Apache junction began to slowly develop along the Apache Trail, centered around the historic Superstition Inn.
The Legend of the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine continue to be a big draw for tourists to Apache Junction. Even today, more than 100 years later, there continues to be debate regarding whether the Dutchman’s Lost Mine really existed or if there was indeed some truth to the tale. According to lore, prospector Jacob Waltz discovered a rich vein of gold deep within the mountains near Apache Junction and would periodically come into town with large amounts of gold. Since at least the 1890s people have been searching for the mine but have had no luck.
Located approximately 35 miles east of Phoenix, this charming desert community rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level.
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