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Tonopah, AZ. a small rural desert community about 50 miles from Phoenix. Majestic mountains, endless blue skies, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Clean pristine air free from the pollutants of the city. Water as nature intended it. Refreshing and pure.

The name Tonopah means “Hot Water under Bush”. Underneath Tonopah is an extensive subterranean aquifer ensuring that wells dug in the area never lack water.

November 2013, Hickman Egg Farms purchased 360 acres and with the intention to build a state of the art egg farm in Tonopah, AZ. January 9, 2014 the residents received the catastrophic details about the purposed egg farm during a town hall meeting hosted by Hickman Egg. The news was greeted by horror and disbelief. Billy Hickman said this was a done deal and the residents could do nothing to halt the construction of the egg farm. There are 4 phases with a total of 28 chicken buildings, 2 egg processing plants and 12 million chickens. Residents asked questions concerning the air pollution, water contamination and decimation of the water table, health issues, traffic and road wear, use of prison inmates as workers, and the decline in property values. According to the Hickman’s, our way of life would be lightly impacted. The residents did not believe this. In the ensuing months as residents researched the affects a “farm” of this magnitude their concerns grew.

Present Day: The landscape has changed as 10 industrial size buildings march across the horizon. Each building is approximately 82ft. wide, 560 ft. long x 30 ft. high. The processing plant is approximately 200 ft. x 200 ft. x 220 ft. The water tower is 44 ft. high, 80 ft. across with a million and a 1/2 gallons of water.1 cement pond full of wastewater from the buildings (the size of a football field). 5 of these industrial building are filled with 1,650,000 chickens. When the 10 buildings are full there will be 3.0 million chickens altogether. That is Phase 1 which is nearly complete. There are 3 more phases. When the project is completed there will be 28 industrial chicken buildings, 2 egg processing plants, out buildings and 12 million chickens.

A health, environmental, and property value nightmare for the residents who had once lived the American Dream.


Four of the chicken barns Tonopah, AZ
Four of the chicken barns Tonopah, AZ

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Donations may be sent to STOPP 

PO Box 1075 Tonopah, AZ 85354


Our committee meetings are NOW on the 1st and 2nd Monday of the month.
we welcome new faces and fresh ideas. Saddle Mountain RV Park activity roomat Saddle Mountain RV Park.



Dates to remember:


Townhall Meeting:

Tonopah Town Hall

February 29th, 7pm

Saddle Mountain RV Park

40902 W Osborn Road. Tonopah, AZ 40902 W. Osborn Road, Tonopah.

40902 W. Osborn Road, Tonopah.

Tom Belshe from the League of Arizona Cities Towns along with his tax expert will talk about the tax implications of incorporation.

More information can be found at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns website.

League of Arizona Cities and Towns – Official Site


The League has created a city/town data sheet with facts, information and statistics about the 91 cities and towns in Arizona

Become familiar with the issues, and bring your questions, AND your neighbors for an informative evening.

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