William Ajax Underground Store
With only a shovel and a wheelbarrow, entrepreneur businessman William Ajax created this unique two-store underground store in 1870. Patrons from nearby farms, ranches and mines found a wide variety of merchandise, food, clothing, housewares, hardware, tools and medicines. Goods were arranged in department store style. It was estimated the value of the merchandise was in excess of $70,000. The store was operated until 1914 when family of William Ajax liquidated the store.