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Cottonwood, Arizona

Cottonwood, Arizona

In 1874 soldiers from Camp Verde were stationed at an adobe house, but at that time there was no name for the present Cottonwood (where the house existed). As settlers moved in and the community developed, it took its name from a circle of sixteen large cottonwoods growing about one-quarter of a miles away from the Verde River. The place was unhealthful. Malaria and dysentry were severe problems as mosquitos rose in thick clouds from stagnant pools left by receding floods. Such quinine as was available sold at $4.00 an ounce and could be bought only when it was in surplus at Camp Verde. Nevertheless, by 1879, several families had settled there, including the Nichols, Van Deerens, Hawkins, and Strahans. It is a curious fact that eact family had nine children. The adobe building formerly used by soldiers became a school house. Today Cottonwood is a thriving community.

Limitless adventures await the tourist, in the Verde Valley. Nowhere else in Arizona will you experience the wide range of activities and experiences you will find in our city. Pre-Columbian Sinaguan sites, officer's quarters at a cavalry fort, a train excursion along the Verde River Canyon, a cowboy dinner show and a night at the casino may all be experienced in a single day.

For the shopper, many unique shops and galleries featuring art, antiques, jewelry, pottery and many additional items may be found in our Historic Old Town Cottonwood District.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Clemenceau Heritage Museum

The Clemenceau Heritage Museum preserves and displays the artifacts and heritage - oral, written, living - of the Verde Valley. The Museum offers permanent displays of a schoolroom, early 20

Cottonwood, AZ Museums

Pine Shadows Golf Course

Pine Shadows Golf Course is a 9 hole course consisting of 1 par 5, 4 par 4's and the rest par 3'

Cottonwood, AZ Golf Courses

Historic Home & Building Tour

2nd Saturday of the Month in OLD TOWN COTTONWOOD AZ. Hear the stories about this small western town, once called the "Biggest Little Town in the State of Arizona."

Cottonwood, AZ Tours

Things to do near Cottonwood, AZ

Professor Hall's Cinema Museum

Professor Hall's Cinema Museum is a private museum housing a 40-year collection devoted to preserving the history of cinema t...

Forest Highlands Golf Club -Canyon

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Bucky's Casino

Enjoy non-stop action on Bucky's 300 big-win slots, Live-Action Poker. 24 hours a day, anytime is a great time at Bucky's Cas...

Mormon Lake Trails

Dairy Springs Trail #136 This short, self-guided nature trail is most popular with campers at Dairy Springs Cam...

Mormon Lake Snow Skiing

Located a short drive south of Flagstaff in a forested region of volcanic mountains and lakes, the Mormon Lake Ski Touring...