Around Yavapai County: Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial

Around Yavapai County: Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial

In Celebration of Arizona’s Centennial in 2012, editors Nancy Burgess and Karen Despain have worked on behalf of the Yavapai County Arizona Centennial Committee to produce this history of Yavapai County. The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available for all.
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On February 23, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill creating the Territory of Arizona. The First Arizona Territorial Legislature established the capital at Prescott and met in September 1964. They divided the Territory into four counties: Mohave, Pima, Yavapai and Yuma. Yavapai County, the “mother county,” consisted of approximately 65,000 square miles and was believed to be the largest county in the United States. By the time Arizona attained statehood on February 14, 1812, there were 14 counties and Yavapai County had been reduced in size to 8,125 square miles. Yavapai County has a rich history in mining, ranching, farming, military and business. Today, Yavapai County is a thriving, growing county with nine incorporated cities and towns and numerous unincorporated communities such as Ash Fork, Black Canyon City, Cornville, Mayer and Skull Valley. Historic sites include Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, the Town of Jerome, Fort Verde, Montezuma’s Castle and Well and Tuzigoot.

2011  |  SOFT COVER   |  127 pages  |  197 illustrations


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