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  1. Prescott Historical Society 415 West Gurley St Prescott, AZ 86301 Phone: (928) 445-3122 View full record
  2. OUR MISSION Provide an engaging museum experience rich in stories and artifacts while professionally stewarding our historical collections and building a sustainable organization for the future. The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum is a non-profit 501c(3) corporation established in 2007 and managed by the Board of Directors. Memberships and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Public meetings occur once each quarter and will be announced 10 days in advance. Thanks to an Arizona Rural Tourism Development Grant, renovation began on this two-story historic medical clinic built to serve the needs of the smelter workers and their families. It has also been the home of the first Town Hall when the town of Clarkdale incorporated in 1957, a boys' and girls' club, the Clarkdale Police Department complete with a jail, the Civil Air Patrol office, a library and more recently the Department of Motor Vehicle Division. http://www.clarkdaleheritage.org/ Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum P.O. Box 806 Clarkdale, AZ 86324 MUSEUM HOURS Wednesday 10 am - 1 pm Thursday 11 am - 2 pm Friday 11 am - 2 pm Saturday 11 am - 2 pm Sun/Mon/Tue Closed View full record
  3. The purpose of the Seligman Historical Society, formed in 1985, is to bring together people in the community who are interested in the history of the area and interested in preserving that history. In recent years Seligman saw the destruction of one of its treasured historic buildings, the Havasu Harvey House. Now more than ever community members, as well as the many people who enjoy traveling through our Historic Route 66 town, need to work together to preserve historic buildings and artifacts. http://www.seligmanhistory.com/ Contact the Seligman Historical Society at: Seligman Historical Society P.O. Box 51 Seligman, AZ 86337 seligmanhistory@yahoo.com View full record
  4. To the Peeples Valley-Yarnell Historical Society Website. We hope you explore the site and discover the history of yesterday and the adventure of today. Peeples Valley and Yarnell are at the roots of Southern Yavapai County and the center of much of the ranching and mining history for Arizona. The Peeples Valley-Yarnell Historical Society prides itself in its dedication to preserving this history for future generations. http://www.peeplesva...calsociety.com/ Contact Us: Peeples Valley-Yarnell History Society 18205 S Highway 89 Peeples Valley, AZ 86332. email: info@peeplesvalleyyarnell View full record
  5. The mission of the Oro Valley Historical Society is to promote research, preservation, education and dissemination of history related to the Greater Oro Valley area. Oro Valley Historical Society will be instrumental in developing a shared sense of pride in the heritage of the Greater Oro Valley area. Oro Valley Historical Society (OVHS) is engaged in the strategic planning process to align the collective vision and actions, improve performance, increase professionalism and restate their dedication to community involvement. The Society wishes to address the changes, both internal and external, that influence our ability to meet Historical Society’s mission. Further, the Society seeks to lay the groundwork for a facility at the Steam Pump Ranch property, which offers a wide variety of specialized uses, including a historical museum; exhibit area for collections; Society office space, and meeting room. The Society identified five critical issues: administrative center and space; community awareness and involvement; collections care and visibility; organizational leadership, awareness and contribution; conservation and research. Focusing on these issues, the Historical Society recognized five meaningful and measurable goals to define our future course of action. http://www.ovhistory.org/ Oro Valley Historical Society P.O. Box 69754 Oro Valley, AZ 85737 View full record
  6. The Casa Grande Valley Historical Society was founded in 1964 to preserve and exhibit the history of the Casa Grande region. We invite you to explore The Museum of Casa Grande to experience the early days of Arizona. Scroll down to learn more about our programs, collections, neighboring museums, and local culture. http://www.tmocg.org/ The museum is open 12 - 4pm Thur-Sun. Second Saturdays feature special events throughout the day and in the evening. View full record
  7. This county is bounded on the north by the Gila river; on the east by New Mexico; on the south by Sonora, and on the west by Yuma county. It is the oldest inhabited county in the Territory, and contains the most population. The western end of the county, to a line drawn north and south from the Gila river to the Sonora line, and passing a few miles west of Tucson, is uninhabited after leaving the Gila river, except by the Papago Indians, whose habitation will hereafter be described. This belt of country is composed of plains, covered with grass part of the year, and considerable portions of it with mesquite wood, and broken or detached chains of mountains. Wherever water can be found, grazing is excellent, and experience in sinking wells demonstrates that by this means water may be procured almost anywhere in Arizona-but without thus increasing the supply of water, much of this section must remain valueless. The south bank of the valley of the Gila extends the whole length of the county, and, as before described, has superior agricultural advantages. At Gila Bend, one hundred and fifty miles from the mouth of the river, the valley for a distance of twenty-five miles is from five to ten miles in width, and the soil is of the richest character. A company are now engaged constructing a very large ditch for irrigating purposes, and offer shares for sale at the cost of construction. Those who are not able to pay cash are furnished provisions and allowed to work for interests. There are many thousand acres of unoccupied land already surveyed, and subject to pre-eruption and entry at $1.25 per acre. There is a large volume of water remaining in the river, more than can be used through the ditch under construction. This section, in addition to being well adapted to raising vegetables and all the cereals, is undoubtedly, by soil and climate, favorable to growing oranges, lemons, figs and grapes. Passing up the Gila forty miles, the Maricopa and Pima Reservation is reached. This reservation is 25 miles long and in width takes in the river valley, and will be referred to in the description of the Indian tribes of Arizona. Above this reservation, the river valley is extensively farmed for twenty miles, and is among the best producing lands in Arizona. The products and yield are about the same as described in the Salt River Valley. The county south of the Gila and east of that heretofore mentioned, is watered by the San Pedro and Santa Cruz rivers and several smaller streams, and is composed of plains, valleys and broken chains of mountains. Nearly every portion of it is covered with nutritious grasses; live oak and mesquite grows in abundance for fuel, on the plains and in the valleys, and many of the mountains are covered with excellent forests of timber. No better grazing country can be found, and it is nearly all yet unoccupied. The valleys possess excellent agricultural advantages; with irrigation two crops are annually produced on the same land. Many of these valleys were settled by the Catholic fathers over one hundred years ago, and a history of the changes that have since ensued would fill a large volume. It is sufficient to say that over a century ago, these fathers attracted by the salubrity of the climate and the fertility of the soil, established several missions, improved farms, introduced herds, and built churches, one of which is still well preserved (the San Xavier, nine miles south of Tucson), and for style of architecture and solidity of construction, is admired by all who see it. These fathers commenced the good work of teaching and Christianize the Indians, and succeeded admirably with all the tribes save the Apaches, who, as Baron Humboldt writes in 1803, in his "Kingdom of New Spain," that " neither the soldiers stationed in the presidios, nor the monks posted in the neighboring missions, have been hitherto able to make the conquest over them." Their treachery and ferocity could not be controlled by examples of Christian purity and love, nor had the forces of Spain the power to conquer them; and the deserted fields and broken walls of these missions can be seen to-day as undoubted witnesses of these facts. Since the occupation of the country 'by the Americans, a constant struggle has been going on 'to hold possession of the rich valleys of the San Pedro and Upper Santa Cruz, but the slaughter has been so great each year, since 1863, that almost anew population has been introduced to fill the places of the dead. The soil is so rich and productive, and the desire of the people has been so great to live and make homes in these valleys, that with true American courage they filled the broken ranks and still continue the contest. The present year, the Indians have swept over these valleys with unusual ferocity; many have been slain and their property destroyed or stolen, and unless a vigorous war policy is soon adopted that will prevent these savages from sallying forth from reservations, where they are well fed, to murder and rob at will, and then returning to be again fed and protected by the Government, these valleys will soon be abandoned and turned over again to the undisputed sway of the Apaches. These remarks may be considered out of place in a pamphlet of this character, but as the object is to give correct information to those who feel an interest or desire to emigrate to this Territory, these facts should be known. While there are many locations, such as along and near the Colorado river, the Salt river and settlements along the Gila, that are comparatively safe from Apache raids, yet the larger part of Arizona is insecure for life and property, on account of the hostility of the Apaches. MINES - Nearly all the mountains contain veins of gold, silver, copper and lead, and long before the country was purchased from Mexico, gold and silver mining was carried on to a considerable extent. After the purchase, the attention of capitalists was attracted here and considerable money was invested with fair prospects of success. About this time the Great Rebellion broke out and the Confederate forces took possession and confiscated or destroyed all property known to belong to Union men; then the Union forces re-took the country and confiscated or destroyed all property known to belong to those in sympathy with the Rebellion, and the Indians and marauding bands took what was left irrespective of creed or parties. This effectually destroyed all mining enterprises, and to this day they have never been revived. The mines, or many of them, are undoubtedly rich and extensive, and the field for the investment of well directed capital is inviting. TOWNS - Tucson is located in the Santa Cruz Valley, three hundred miles east of Arizona City, on the overland road from San Diego, California, to Santa Fe, New Mexico; is the capital of the Territory, and the county seat of Pima county, and according to the last census, has a population of three thousand two hundred. It has been a town of some importance for a century. The Mexican Government had a military post here before the country was ceded to the United States, and it is now the principal place for the exchange of commodities between Arizona and Sonora. The people of that country bring here wheat, barley, corn, fruits, salt, coarse sugar, tobacco, cigars and other products of their country, and exchange them for goods and money. The valley of the Santa Cruz, above and below the town for several miles, is under cultivation, and produces two excellent crops each year. Tucson contains a number of heavy mercantile houses, a tin shop, blacksmith and wagon shops, two flour mills, hotels and restaurants. - The town is built almost entirely of adobes, and is laid out and has the appearance of a Mexican town. Seven-eighths of the population are Mexican, and the Spanish language is more spoken than the English. The Catholics have a church (the only one here), that is well attended and supported. The Sisters of St. Joseph have a Seminary for Young Ladies that is attended by about one hundred and sixty pupils; the Fathers also have a school for boys. An effort is being made that will probably soon result in establishing a free public school from Territorial and county funds. FLORENCE - This town is pleasantly located at the head of the farming settlement on the Gila river, about eighty miles north of Tucson. It contains several mercantile houses, blacksmith shops, and has a Catholic Church. Rows of trees have been, planted along the streets, and it is destined to be one of the pleasantest towns in the Territory. SANFORD OR ADAMSVILLE - This town is located on the Gila river, four miles below Florence; is centrally located in a thriving farming settlement, and contains several mercantile houses and a flour mill, and is a thriving, growing place. CLIMATE AND HEALTH - The climate of the valleys and plains is about the same as that of the Colorado river. Elevated portions of the county become cooler in proportion to the altitude. It is generally healthy except in a few locations on and near the southern border, where chills and fevers prevail to some extent during the Summer months. Source: Resources Of Arizona Territory. Francis & Valentine, Steam Printers And Engravers. 1871. View full record
  8. www.deweyhumboldthistoricalsociety.org 11345 East Henderson Road Dewey, AZ 86327 Phone: (928) 632-3962 View full record
  9. The Sun City Vistoso Genealogical Society’s purpose is to provide its members with genealogical information via speakers, classes and facilities, and with support and fellowship in the search for their past. Membership is open to anyone having a current SCVCAI membership card or to any former resident of Sun City Vistoso who was a member of the Society while a resident. http://scvgs.org/ View full record
  10. This county is bounded on the north and west by Mohave county; on the east by New Mexico, and the south by Maricopa county. Nearly the entire county has an elevation of from 5,000 to 6,000 feet above the level of the sea, and several mountains rise to the height of 12,000 to 14,000 feet. It contains large forests of excellent timber, and many valleys superior for agriculture. Grass is abundant everywhere, and the advantages for stock raising cannot be excelled. Considerable attention has been paid to farming, and with the exception of two dry seasons, the yield has been equal to that of other favored grain growing States. The farmers of this county have depended entirely upon the rain fall to grow their crops. Experience seems to prove that irrigation will have to be resorted to in order to insure a certain yield. The most prominent streams of water in this county are the Little Colorado, Verde, Salt, Sipicue and White rivers. They all abound in excellent fish; and turkey, bear and deer, are plentiful in all the mountains of Arizona. MINES - Owing to the hostility of the Apache Indians, prospecting and mining has been much retarded over a large portion of the county, but sufficient explorations have been made to demonstrate the fact that it contains extensively rich mines of gold and silver-scarcely a mountain has been examined that does not show rich deposits of these metals. Placer gold is found over a large extent of country, and during wet seasons are worked with great profit. If water can be carried to these mines by means of artificial ditches (and it is believed it can be from the Verde river), lucrative employment would be given to hundreds of miners. The discovery of gold and silver quartz lodes are so numerous that it is out of the question to give room in this pamphlet to mention but one or two of the leading ones: The Vulture mine at Wickenburg is principally of gold ore; the lode is large and well defined, and is being worked now to a depth of about 300 feet; 200 men are constantly employed, and a forty stamp mill is regularly operated with paying results. The ore is drawn on wagons, for reduction, fifteen miles, at a heavy cost. If machinery was erected at the mine, vast quantities of ore that will not pay for transportation, could be worked, and the profits on all would be proportionately greater, and this mine would take front rank as a gold producing mine. The Bradshaw mines have been but recently discovered, and have already a wide and valuable reputation. The Tiger lode gives promise of taking an important position beside the great silver bearing mines of Mexico and the United States, and there are many other lodes in this district that prospect well. There has yet been no machinery erected for the reduction of ores, but many tons have been shipped from the Tiger to San Francisco that has yielded over $1,000 00 per ton. With safety from Indians and capital to develop the mines of this county, many millions of gold and silver would be annually extracted and put in circulation. TRADE AND FREIGHTS - Goods for this portion of Arizona are partly purchased in New York, and shipped by R. R., to the terminus of the Kansas Pacific R. R.; thence by freight teams via Albuquerque to Prescott. The cost of freighting by this route is about $360 per ton. A portion of the supplies is purchased in San Francisco and shipped by steamer to San Pedro, thence via Los Angeles, or via the Colorado river and Eherenburg, and thence by freight teams to Prescott and other points. The freights by either of these routes cost about $300 per ton. Towns - Prescott is located 155 miles east of the Colorado River by the wagon road, and 403 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is the county seat of the county, and the headquarters for the Military Department of Arizona; contains a population of about 1200; is pleasantly situated in a valley, surrounded by a forest of pines. The buildings are generally constructed of wood, and have the appearance of taste and comfort. Its green hills, tall pines and. productive gardens, give it an appearance of beauty and comfort rarely excelled. The people are energetic and enterprising, and use every exertion possible to overcome the obstacles of Indian hostilities, high transportation, and to develop the resources of the county. They are justly proud of their mountain home, and generally desire to remain there for life. It contains several large mercantile houses, two of which are fire-proof, and would do credit to any old settled town. There are many families here, and a school has been kept open, mainly by private subscription, during the past three years. Efforts are now being made that will undoubtedly secure a free public school. The Good Templars have a flourishing society, and a Methodist Church is in process of construction. Divine service is held on Sundays, and is generally well attended. WICKENBURG - This town is located on Hassayampa creek, about 90 miles south of Prescott; contains a population of about 500, and was named after Henry Wickenburg, the discoverer of the Vulture mine. It is centrally located to extensive mining regions, though the larger portions are yet undeveloped. It contains a number of mercantile houses, and is destined to grow with the development of the county. CLIMATE AND HEALTH OF THE COUNTY - The climate of this county taken altogether, can hardly be excelled. Over the larger portion, the thermometer rarely shows a higher degree of heat in the summer than 90 deg., while the winter months are bracing and cool, but never severe. The mercury seldom falls below zero. With the exception of two or three locations (where swamps cause chills and fevers), malarial diseases are almost unknown, and bronchial and lung complaints are always benefited in this climate. Source: Resources Of Arizona Territory. Francis & Valentine, Steam Printers And Engravers. 1871. View full record
  11. Mail Only: Mohave County Genealogical Society, 400 West Beale Street, Kingman, AZ 86401 View full record
  12. The Superstition Mountain Historical Society was formed on December 27, 1979. We are a non-profit corporation under Section 501 © 3, organized to collect and preserve the history and legends of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, to support research, education and publications involving the region. The Superstition Mountain Museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region. Perhaps nowhere in the entire United States is there an area full of legend, history and intrigue as the rugged 160,000 acre Superstition Mountain range in the Tonto National Forest in Central Arizona. http://superstitionmountainmuseum.org/ 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119 (480) 983-4888 The vast majority of today's populace resides in Pinal County. View full record
  13. The Three Rivers Historical Society is made up of dedicated volunteers who are preserving the history of the Southwest Valley in the greater Phoenix area. The cities of Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson have grown at the confluence of the Agua Fria, Salt and Gila rivers. We offer meetings and public exhibits - collect artifacts, photos and rare documents - and have an active program to record oral and written personal and family histories. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month - except July and August - at 3 PM. featuring an informative presentation on Southwest Valley history. http://www.threerive...lsocietyaz.org/ Our Mailing address is: Three Rivers Historical Society, P.O. Box 7251, Goodyear AZ 85338 Society information is available by phone at 623-386-1397 View full record
  14. Bullhead City, Arizona -- The Colorado River Museum will be the site of the Colorado River Historical Society's semi-annual garage sale and fundraiser. Monies raised will be used for the purchase of additional books for the museum's library. http://www.bullheadc...useum.webs.com/ Street Address 2201 Highway 68 Email crhs2009@Gmail.com Phone (928) 754-3399 Mail PO Box 1599 Bullhead City, AZ 86430 Open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday-Saturday Closed Sunday & Monday Closed July & August View full record
  15. The MISSION of the SaddleBrooke Genealogy Club is to promote interest in the study of genealogy, to help others in their pursuit of ancestors and to encourage fellowship among the members. http://www.sb-genealogy.org/ The SaddleBrooke Genealogy Club is open to all SaddleBrooke residents who wish to research their ancestors. The membership consists of people just beginning their research and people who have a great deal of experience in ancestral research. Membership is limited to residents of SaddleBrooke HOA #1 and HOA #2 and SaddleBrooke Ranch. Dues are $15 for the year from June 1 to May 31. Non-members are invited to attend two meetings before becoming a dues paying member. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Coyote Room of the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse. When you search for ancestors, you find great friends Join...If you would like to join our club. Print, complete and return it as directed on the bottom of the form. For more information, call (520) 825-7546. View full record