Salome is in Western Arizona. It is in La Paz County. The town is located in the McMullen Valley between the Harquahala and Harcuvar Mountains on U.S. Highway 60.
Salome is known for being the hometown of Arizona’s first humorist Dick Wick Hall. He put the town on the map. The town sits at an elevation of 1,880 feet. The southwest desert climate has a winter low temperature of 40 degrees and a summer high temperature of 105 degrees. Salome is rich with history, beautiful desert landscape views and fresh air.
Dick Wick Hall and his brother Ernest arrived in Salome in1905. Hall established the “Laughin’ Gas Service Station and Garage,” along the old Phoenix to Los Angeles highway. Signs were displayed revealing jibes like “Tickle lizzie’s carburetor with our laughing gas” and “Smile, you don’t have to stay here but we do.”
The name Salome came from Mrs. Salome Pratt, who one day had her shoes off and then decided to cross a piece of ground. She soon discovered the desert floor was too hot to handle and she proceeded to dance across the desert. This image has been immortalized with the phrase “Salome – where she danced – Arizona.”
Hall was an entrepreneur and many in town called him the “Sage of Salome.” He was a humorist that enjoyed poking fun at the hot desert town, desert heat and desert roads. Through the production of his newspaper, the Salome Sun, Hall is credited to have made Salome one of the best-known small towns in the1900’s. He also is noted for the town’s annual growth of 100% per year, with “19 people in 19 years.”
When you visit Salome, you will find several paintings of Mrs. Salome Pratt dancing, along with drawings of the Salome Frog. Hall’s seven-year-old pet frog, which was desert bred and had never learned to swim, became almost as well known as its owner. A clever poem was written describing the life of Salome Frog.
Although Hall passed away in 1926, his stories and characters have lived on. Visitors will clearly see upon entering town that his humor continues.
Many people come to Salome for the many RV parks, airpark and new business section.
The Alamo Lake State Park is a must see during a visit to Salome. Visitors will find boating, camping and fishing at the park. Many believe that Alamo Lake has some of the best fishing in the state. It is easy to get to the state park. You will head east out of town, until you come to Alamo Road. Here you will turn left and head north up to the lake.
Great Arizona Outback Chili Cookoff and Poker Run February
Best Dam Bike Tour November
Annual Fiddlers Jamboree and Flea Market
Dick Wick Hall Days Celebration October