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  • ARIZONA'S SEDONA is a place of beauty, peace and mystery
  • Much has been written about the mysteries of Sedona, Arizona. But have we learned everything there is to know about this beautiful and interesting place? And how do all the facts, history, stories and claims about Sedona fit together?

    Sedona is located in central Arizona at an altitude of 4,500 feet in the magnificent “Red Rock Country” of the Colorado Plateau. About 125 miles north of Phoenix (elevation 1,100 feet) and about 30 miles south of Flagstaff (at 8,000 feet), Sedona is known around the world as place of almost mystical beauty. More....

  • TAKE THE LAST TRAIN TO CLARKDALE - Verde Canyon Railroad
  • Take a ride on Verde Canyon Railroad's historic route from Clarkdale to the ghost ranch of Perkinsville and back! This restored railroad steers visitors through the layers of time in Clarkdale and the surrounding countryside.

    The city is surrounded by a history so rich that it refuses to leave Clarkdale behind. Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Tuzigoot National Monument abut the city, reminders of generations gone by.

    Clarkdale was born out of the once bustling copper mining community of Jerome, where major copper mining claims were operated since 1876. In 1888, after mine fires had shut down many of the claims, United Verde Mine in Jerome was purchased by William Clark. The profits from the mine made him a rich man.

    Senator Clark, as he later became, authorized construction of The United Verde & Pacific railroad which consisted of three standard gauge railroad lines to carry copper from the remote mines to other areas of the country. Clarkdale (named for him) was laid out in 1914, accommodated a smelter, a railroad depot and homes for 7,000 employees. The smelter operated from 1914 til 1953 when operations ceased and the two huge smokestacks were finally demolished in 1960.

    The train leaves from the Clarkdale Depot and the first mile of the railroad travels directly through the abandoned buildings of the Clarkdale smelter. These old buildings with broken windows and the mountain of slag, a resultant waste from the smelter, are an incongruous beginning to this journey through the history of the Verde River Valley.

    Passengers will also see Sinagua Indian cliff dwellings, hillside ruins dating back to 1100 A.D., and amazing geographic formations of what was once a prehistoric lake.

    The Verde Canyon Railroad attracts an average of 90,000 passengers per year. It is privately-owned and operated which benefits the Clarkdale tax base thus ensuring the survival of the town. A variety of rates are available including Adult/Child Coach; Senior Coach (over 65); and All-First Class. Room & Ride packages are also available with a local Bed & Breakfast and other B & B's and Hotels in Jerome, Sedona & Cottonwood.

  • Kentucky Camp
  • In the late 19th century, the eastern slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson, Arizona, bustled with the activity of hundreds of miners. Gold had been discovered in 1874, in what became known as the Greaterville mining district. It proved to be the largest and richest placer deposit in southern Arizona. However, water was scarce in the unforgiving, arid desert. Miners had to find alternate, painstaking, ways to collect sufficient amounts of water necessary to glean the placer deposits. By 1886 most of the miners had given up this laborious task and moved on.

    In 1902 a California mining engineer named James Stetson thought he could solve the water problem. He gathered a group of wealthy investors and together they formed the Santa Rita Water and Mining Company. Kentucky Gulch was chosen for the company's headquarters and from 1902 to 1906, the buildings at Kentucky Camp served as the offices and residences for company employees.

    Tragedy struck in 1905. The day before a meeting with stockholders, Stetson mysteriously died, in a fall from a Tucson hotel window. The finances and health of the company's major investor, George B. McAneny, deteriorated and although the other partners tried to keep the operation going, it was abandoned by 1912. The buildings and land were purchased by an attorney for the McAneny family and were used as a cattle ranch until the 1960's, when it was sold to ANAMAX Mining. The Coronado National Forest acquired the site through a 1989 land exchange. Since then, the Forest and volunteers have been working together to preserve this historical site.

    Spend a night at the century-old mining site, located approximately an hour from Tucson, off Highway 83. Take a step back in history and recall its bustling heyday, or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. As part of the USDA-Forest Service Rooms With A View program, a small rustic adobe cabin at Kentucky Camp is available for overnight stays, for up to 4 people. Use of the cabin is $75 per night and a reservation is required. The fees are used to continue restoration work at Kentucky Camp, and to add other Forest Service cabins in Arizona to the Rooms With A View rental program.

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