"Cottonwood- Still has charm & Route 66" Cottonwood by Yaqui

Cottonwood Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 43 photos

Old Town Cottonwood

Cottonwood started out as Camp Verde in 1874. As settlers moved in it derived its name from huge cottonwood trees that grew along the Verde River. It was not a pleasant place to settle for many years due to infestation mosquitoes that carried Malaria and dysentery. Medicine was too expensive and few for many settlers to have access to it. Yet, around 1879 families started moving despite the hardship and it still thrives.

Cottonwood survived the woolliest of times since the law did not rule here. The lure of that attracted many and not to mention the bootleggers who prospered here during the roaring twenties until the town’s demise. A fire almost devastated the town by almost claiming most of the buildings. Yet, these frisky settlers rebuilt it and now stand as a picturesque quaint town with many wonderful shops, restaurants, and many historical landmarks to visit.

Willy's Burgers & Shakes

Awesome 50's decor!

Very Retro

This sign still speaks of the good old Route 66 days.

  • Last visit to Cottonwood: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Gorgeous town. Would be fun exploring all the different places and especially those two shops!

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Thanks for visiting. It is amazing little downtown. It has a newer area, but this is where old Route 66 runs through.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    A quaint little town! I had to look this one up on the map to see where it is: right in the middle of Arizona.

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    We spent some time here years back, seems like I missed every thing you mentioned, outside of Tuzigoot National Monument! It was a fun read, especially the Hippy store. LOL

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Would enjoy to eat out at Willy's Burger, and had old fashion 50's decor surrounding me. Again, wonderful read & tips!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    another great page on old america. nice pictures, as usual. interesing village.

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Beautiful photos you have done!!!! Best. L.

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Excellent page with great descriptions and pictures.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Must have been a wild town in the old days. The pueblo sounds amazing. Happy New Year Dee.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Tuzigoot is really nice to visit...and I do think we also passed by that wonderful mural.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    From reading my Springfield pages, you know how fond I am of anything having to do with Route 66. Loved these pages, especially the Old Town Jail. Your "off the beaten path" locations are a delight to read.


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