"Old Town Cottonwood" Cottonwood Things to Do Tip by Basaic
Cottonwood Things to Do: 9 reviews and 18 photos
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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