I drove the 10 miles south to Why Arizona this morning, and four or five more miles past that to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. I actually didn't go all the way to the visitor center, because once I got inside the park I found out it was 15 more miles to the visitor center, and I just wasn't interested enough to go that far to see another cactus. It was a pretty area but there are pretty areas closer to home than that.
The town of Why is pretty much as you would expect a town named Why to look, a Gas Station named Why Not, an RV Park or two, and some ramshackle buildings. If you happen to be wondering why Why is named Why I will tell you why Why it's called Why, even if you don't care why... Sorry but I just had to do that.
Right in that spot the road split and formed a "Y" so the town was named "Y", not very imaginative, but appropriate. When the town grew and wanted to have a Post Office the residents found out the Post Office has a rule that a town has to have a name with at least three letters in it so "Y" wasn't going to work. The residents of "Y", both of them, got together and changed the name to Why because it would keep the Post Office happy and it sounded basically the same. So now you know why Why is Why.
The Why Not gas station in Why Arizona,
The road through the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument seemingly goes on forever. I turned around at this point. At my age I may not have lived long enough to make it back to civilization.
Not every business works. In fact most of them don't, I've had a couple of them myself that didn't work out any better than this one did.
Or this fairly modern gas station. It must be tough making a living in Why.