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.
Friday, July 4, 2014
1880, 1881: Celebrations Planned for July 4 and 5.
"R. B. Steadman, who lives on the Verde below the Fort about four miles, has completed one of the finet and most capacious residences in the county, and proposes to celebrate the nations 104th birthday in an appropriate, patriotic and grand style. He has put up a dancing hall 20 x 60 feet, arranged a race track, provided a band with ten instruments, and otherwise prepared to accommodate from 250 to 300 people."
"Mr. C. B. Rush, and eloquent young orator of Prescott, has consented to deliver the oration, and Mr. G. W. Hull to read the Declaration of Independence."
"A magnificent display of fire works will be one of the features of the celebration. Owing to the great day in American history, the 4th, coming on Sunday, the celebration will take place on Monday the 5th."
"Twenty dollars will be given the best quarter mile race horse, and ten dollars to the best 100 yard foot racer."
"Surrounding the residence, or adjacent thereto, are many old ruins of interest which will pay to visit, not to say anything of the fine fishing, beautiful groves, wherein will be fixed up swings, etc., for the amusement of the guests."
"A glorious time is anticipated, and it is expected that some 300 people will be present and participate in the festivities. The dance in the evening will be conducted in a manner which will vie with the best, and no pains or money will be spared to make the whole celebration the grandest ever gotten up in Arizona."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; June 11, 1880; page 3.)
1881: "GOING TO CELEBRATE."
"The people of Upper Verde, Oak Creek and Central Verde met at our school house and unanimously agreed to celebrate the coming 4th of July in due form. The people of the surrounding country are cordially invited to celebrate with us at the residence of the undersigned, July 4th, 1881, Upper Verde, Yavapai county, A. T. ... G. Z CLEM, Clerk."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; June 17, 1881; page 4.)