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CLARKDALE By The Numbers
4,097 residents

Almost a fourth of the town, 361 homes, are located in the historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Annals of Jerome Secret Indy 500: The race between Mustang and Camaro
One of the handsomest teenage daredevils in Jerome was Zack Druen. Loved by many girls; admired by the guys.

He was notorious for riding his skateboard through the steep streets through town and on to Clarkdale.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cottonwood WWII veteran selected for Honor Flight in November
COTTONWOOD -- Picture this - October, 1943 - Philadelphia, PA - a 5-foot, 1-inch, 90-pound girl eager to "drop anchor" in the US Navy sitting in a dingy, little Navy recruiting office, sparsely decorated with Uncle Sam and Buy War Bonds posters.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oak Creek Valley celebrates 40th anniversary
Did it really happen? Was it a dream ... or a miracle? The 40th Anniversary Event in Oak Creek Valley was scheduled for months. Plans were in place for a full-day event, including bird walks, guided trail hikes, kids fishing derby, neighborhood art walk, a history presentation, capped off by a catered barbecue in the park, anniversary cake, home-made ice cream and music.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Valley pioneer gives history lesson on Cottonwood Roadrunners
Verde Valley resident, Don Godard, recently re-joined the Cottonwood Roadrunners square dance club after a 29 year break.

Godard may be the square dancer with the most historical ties to the club. He recently sat down with his daughter, Connie Phillips, and explained his experience with this cultural past time.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sharing a little puppy gratitude
Ever since our dog, Cookie, died almost three years ago, I have been dogless. It’s not that I didn’t want another dog much sooner. Since my husband, Steve, is not the animal lover that I am, I had promised to honor his request to wait awhile before bringing another canine companion into our lives.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Verde Formation: A story that holds water
There is no greater puzzle in the world than the world itself. When we look out across the landscape, we see not only rocks and rivers, hills and valleys, cliffs and canyons but also a record of the past.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: When smelter smoke reigned
JEROME - The mineral wealth beneath Jerome is contained within a rare ore deposit known to geologists as a volcanogenic massive sulfide.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Killer Flu of 1918
With news reports about a possible swine flu epidemic and constant references to the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, a look into what happened in the upper Verde Valley during the 1918 outbreak might provide insight into an epidemic.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Esther and Charles Miller celebrate 70th anniversary
It all started with a broken date. Now it includes four more generations, careers in aviation and art - and 70 years of memories.
Saturday, October 10, 2009

Route 66: Easy lessons from the 'hard road': Only remnants remain of highway and its era
Route 66 introduced Arizona to America.

Running 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, U.S. Highway 66 was born Nov. 11, 1926. It rolled across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas (only 12 miles), Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, and it lived almost 60 years before being pronounced dead June 27, 1985.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2009


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