Headquarters fire 1956
Headquarters was struck by fire in 1956. Courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

In 1954, the Headquarters nightclub and bar was a place for people to gather and dance to hits like “Shboom” recorded by The Crew Cuts and “Hey There” sung by Rosemary Clooney. But then fire struck in 1956. “It was a popular place and I remember it burning down,” Mary Lou Smith, who first moved to Maricopa in 1952, told InMaricopa in 2009. Headquarters was rebuilt as an open-air restaurant that was eventually enclosed. It still serves Maricopa diners today.

Headquarters 2021
Headquarters, in a recent photo. Photo by Brian Petersheim Jr.

This item appears in the August issue of InMaricopa magazine.