Verde Heritage By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
1925: COTTONWOOD; Building Plan and Grade Line; May
"W. J. Hemler, the local engineer, is running the survey for the construction of the new Cottonwood. He has a crew helping him and they are checking and rechecking the lines so that when the people get ready to rebuild the will have both a grade line and a property line to adhere to. It is a time when all possibilities should be considered in the rebuilding of the stricken area."
"Prior to the fire, some of the buildings set back from the street line and some were high in front and some were low. Now the two primary considerations before the parties about to rebuild are first, that there shall be no frame buildings erected on that portion of the burned area fronting Main street and meaning that only semi-fire proof and fire-proof structures will be allowed to go in that section. Once that is settled, then it is important that the buildings conform to one given grade line and to one given street line. It will be difficult to change, once fire-proof walls are built, and now is the appointed time to look out for the appearance of the town to the stranger who comes to invest or merely to trade with local merchants. No moves should now be made but such as will enhance the appearance of the town and add to its safety against fire."
"It has been found in checking up the survey that it appears that certain property lines are not in conformity to certain checks; but still are in conformity to the irrigation plat of the Willard addition."
"There is nothing to hinder going ahead with the lots as laid out in the plat of record and forgetting the results of the check-up, for each man has all he bargained for and would have even if it was plated to lay in a diamond shape and was properly marked out as to area. That should be a matter easily settled and at this time the attempted readjustment of the lines now run to conform to the present walls and other remnants of buildings would entail much expense and no end of legal trouble if any of the parties concerned cared to enter the courts for a settlement."
"Build out farther in the street, if you must, but on the lines between the different owners, just go by the old plat and then already party walls will remain so and let the builders decide on how far out they want to go toward the street or how far in, but by all means do not attempt to alter party walls at this time."
"Early in the evening the little city of Cottonwood sleeps; all of the west side of Main street being dark and unoccupied. Building materials and partly erected walls show that it will be better later on, but right now it is very quiet indeed. There is a trite old saying that 'just before dawn is the darkest hour,' and this is apparently true in Cottonwood, for the first rays of dawn have already begun to penetrate thro' gloom and a greater, better Cottonwood will rise Phoenix-like from the ashes."