Latitude / Longitude:
34°18′54″N 112°04′00″W / 34.31500°N 112.06667°W / 34.31500
3,461 ft (1,055 m)
Mountain (NO DST) (UTC-7)
Big Bug is a ghost town in Yavapai County, Arizona. The former settlement is located twelve miles southeast of Prescott and was established in 1862.
The Big Bug placers produced a recorded 17,000 troy ounces of gold; the total production was around 50,000 ounces, mostly from dredging in the 1930s and 1940s. Big Bug Creek still has some indication of early mining activities, but little if anything remains of the town as of 2010.
Big Bug has a long history of frontier life. The town was founded by Theodore Boggs during the American Civil War. Boggs’ father was the former governor of Missouri, Lilburn Boggs, who helped drive the Mormons out during the Missouri Mormon War. When he was ten years old he traveled west to California, accompanied partway by the famous Donner Party. His mother was a granddaughter of the pioneer Daniel Boone.