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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.
1902-1904: Equator Mining and Smelting Company, October.
Senator Clark and his associates built a smelter on Equator Hill. By 1904, between 65 and 80 men worked at the mine and smelter, and there was a school for their children.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
1875: VERDE VALLEY; Many Settlers Arrive; October.
A group of 40 persons, 12 wagons, and 250 head of cattle arrive to settle in the Verde Valley. Other settlers arrive almost daily.
Monday, October 13, 2014
1892: COLUMBUS DAY at Beaver Creek; October.
The 400th anniversary of the discovery of America was duly celebrated at the Beaver Creek school.
Monday, October 13, 2014
1895: UPPER VERDE CORRESPONDENT; Fish, Etc., October 9.
We went fishing in those days and brought home such lovely fish; but now when we go fishing we bring home a ruffled temper, and a desire to hurt somebody.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
1898: UNITED VERDE MINE HISTORY, October.
Alexander Benham and John Farish visited what became the great United Verde mine in 1884.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
1960: MONTEZUMA WELL Mysteries Studied, October.
The layer of animal life at the 12-foot level is so thick that sunlight does not penetrate to the bottom of the well.
Friday, October 10, 2014
1900: UPPER VERDE; "Aztec Cave" Explored, October 9.
An example of Arizona humor: "Chicago Ed." and "Rosebud George" set out to explore a cave and find relics.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
1880: WILD GRAPES and WINE MAKING, October 8.
Daniel Hatz has been observing wild grapes in the Prescott area since 1864, and makes wine from wild grapes.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
1900: JEROME DISASTER; Another Cave-In, October 9.
The cave-in damaged shops, ore bins,cottages and the railroad tracks to the depot. Dangerous places in the mine are now filled.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
1960: VERDE; Cavalry Meets Horseless Carriages, October.
The Camp Verde Cavalry met the group of 20 horseless carriages and escorted them into Camp Verde, lending an authentic air to their visit.
Monday, October 6, 2014
1889: VERDE RIVER DAM; Etta Mill, October 5.
The total length of the large dam is 268 feet. It backs the water of the Verde River up for 1 3/4 mile. The water is used to supply power for the Etta mill located 2 miles below the dam.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
1903: VERDE VALLEY; Apples for the Fair, October.
Apples from the orchards of David Scott and Mrs. Mary Willard were submitted for exhibition in St. Louis.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
1875-1955: BAPTIST "OLD TREE" MEETINGS, October 3.
Parson James Clawson Bristow established the tradition of the "Old Tree" Meetings, which continued many years after his death.
Friday, October 3, 2014
1909: SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS; Ida Casmey.
A new teacher at the Lower Verde School finds a permanent home in the Verde Valley.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
1905: VERDE VALLEY; Fruit Growers Have A Market; October.
For the first time in their history the fruit growers have found a market for their products, and they are now engaged in picking and packing apples.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
1895: JEROME; Baptist Church Dedication, September 29.
The Baptist Church was built in the air, between the upper part of town and the lower.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
1930: COTTONWOOD; Edens Modern Auto Tourist Camp; September.
Frank Edens started the Cottonwood Lumber Company in a building purchased from Charles Willard, where the Iron Horse Inn is now located. Mr. Edens was the contractor who built many Cottonwood houses and businesses.
Monday, September 29, 2014
1895: UPPER VERDE CORRESPONDENT; September 26.
The average irrigating ditch is the greatest enemy to brotherly love that has ever been known.
Monday, September 29, 2014
1917: VERDE/CLEMENCEAU; Construction, September 22.
A night force of about 100 men started to work. The new smelter stack will be 425 feet tall.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
1917: COTTONWOOD GROWTH, September 22.
A listing of recent businesses changes in Cottonwood and new residence buildings shows town growth. Main Street is to be graded and 2 culverts are needed.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
1959: CLARKDALE; History of the Smelter; September.
Unfortunately, the smelter in Jerome had been built over the mine workings. Construction of another smelter began in 1912.
Friday, September 26, 2014
1959: CLARKDALE; $15 Million Steel Mill Planned, September.
Webb & Knapp acquired the smelter for $1,400,000 and the town for $1,150,000. The slag pile amounts to about 30 million tons.
Friday, September 26, 2014
1893: VERDE; Two Bad Men Less, September 24.
R. J. Harris and Andy Dimond [Dunlap] were shot and died at the La Tourette ranch. They were horse thieves who had tried to wreck a passenger train near Williams.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
1876: VERDE NEWS; Thieves, Election, September.
False reports deter people from bringing stock to Arizona. Moses Casner is robbed by his herder. Horse thieves escaped from jail.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
1952: COTTONWOOD; Jail Break, September 21.
"JAIL BREAK SHOWS IRON BARS NO GOOD IN WOOD." Harry Major escaped, then the bars on the windows were buried in cement.
Monday, September 22, 2014

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