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Tuzigoot National Monument consists of the remains of a Southern Sinagua Pueblo built around the mid-1100s. It first consisted of a cluster of small rooms housing about 50 people and expanded until it peaked in the early 1300s with about 200 inhabitants. Tuzigoot has a nice, easy, interpretive trail around the ruins and a nice museum. If you want more information I will have my Tuzigoot National Monument Page made soon.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park is one of the best places in the area for camping, fishing, hiking and horseriding. It got its name when the Irey Family were looking for a ranch to buy in Arizona. They had seen quite a few possible ranches to buy, one of which had a dead horse by the road. When asked which ranch they wanted to buy the kids said "the one with the dead horse", and the ranch was named. In 1973, when Arizona obtained the ranch for a state park, maintaining the name was a condition of the sale. If you want more information see my Dead Horse Ranch State Park Page.
Several families moved into this section of the Verde Valley in the mid 1800s. In 1877 a team of surveyors came to the area and reported several faring families living here. They called the settlement "Cottonwood" after the plentiful Cottonwood Trees along the Verde River. In 1917 the downtown area of Cottonwood formed. Most people living here at the time were indepent spirited people who did not like the restrictive structure of the nearby company mining towns of Clarkdale and Clemenceau. The town also had a large immigrant population because they sometimes encountered prejudice in the company towns. During prohibition, a lot of the businesses in the old downtown area were fronts for the production and sale of bootleg whiskey. Some of the citizens, concerned about the wilder more lawless crowd attracted by the bootleg whiskey petitioned for a jailhouse which was built in 1929. The Old Jail serves as the Visitor's Center today. Old Town Cottonwood today is full of art shops, trendy restaurants and some historical places.
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