[Source: Steve Ayers, Bugle] — For the third time in the last four months, vandals have struck historic Fort Verde State Park. According to Park Ranger Dennis Lockhart, someone sprayed graffiti on the wall of the surgeon’s quarters in April. Then in July someone broke out several panes of glass in an old window at the fort’s visitor center. Last weekend the same window was broken out again and the air conditioner for the museum and visitor center (pictured) was destroyed. Lockhart estimates the panes of glass cost about $40 each to repair. The air conditioner will have to be replaced, costing an estimated $5,000.
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[Source: Mark Boardman, True West] — In January, we wrote about ongoing efforts to save the historic Havasu Harvey House in Seligman, Arizona. Today, the circa 1905 building is gone, demolished by its owner, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. For years, the BNSF has wanted to tear down the empty hotel, which closed in the mid-1950s. Local group Friends of Havasu looked for ways to buy it. The railroad offered to donate it to anybody who would move it. Nothing came of the offer, and the Havasu came down in May 2008. The salvaged historic items were given to Seligman Historical Society. Our thanks to Dan Lutzick for the info and picture. Dan is project supervisor for the renovation of the El Garces Harvey Hotel in Needles, California. The $10-million effort includes a restaurant, visitors center, museum and hotel. He hopes to have it finished by the end of this year, just in time to celebrate the building’s 100th anniversary.
[Source: Jon Hutchinson, Verde News] — Page Spring Road does not meet the standards necessary to be designated historic by the state. That was the disappointing verdict received Wednesday by the Cornville Community Association and the Cornville Historical Society. But, it is not clear that the local organizations are after the same outcome as the state advisory board. Chairman for the Parkways, Historic, Scenic Advisory Committee, Leroy Brady told the crowd after the Advisory Commission turned down the application on a 3 to 4 vote, that “this may open other doors.” Deana King, chairman of the Cornville Community Association said, “It is disappointing, because we worked so hard and we followed every criteria, we put two and a half years into this project.”
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[Source: Cindy Barks, Daily Courier] — As Arizona’s cities continue to grow and meld together into a massive
“Megapolitan,” preservation of Prescott’s unique features will become even more critical. That was one of the points that prominent Arizona attorney and land-use expert Grady Gammage Jr (pictured) made Monday night in his comments to about 75 people who turned out at the Yavapai College Performance Hall for the latest segment of the 2050 Visioning planning effort’s series of speakers.
Gammage, who helped to author the recently released Morrison Institute report, “Megapolitan – Arizona’s Sun Corridor,” focused on the study’s premise that Arizona’s major cities would continue to grow together in coming decades. By about 2035, Gammage predicted that the population corridor would form one major “Megapolitan” that would include six Arizona counties and would stretch northwest from Sierra Vista near the Mexican border, ultimately encompassing Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott, and Chino Valley. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
[Source: Ellen Bilbrey, Gateway to Sedona] — “Suvoyuki” translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through at “joint effort.” “Suvoyuki Day” is an open house day at Homolovi Ruins State Park that celebrates the partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction. The event begins on Friday, July 11, at 7 p.m., with a talk about the Hopi culture.
On Saturday, July 12, the day begins at 6 a.m., with a traditional Hopi morning run (4 and 6.5 miles) with all participants invited. Following the run, the Hopi corn roasting pit will be opened and all will get a taste of freshly roasted sweet corn. Throughout the day, there will be Hopi artist demonstrations, traditional food demonstrations and lectures. Archaeologists will also be there to interpret the sites. Parking will be available on the northeast corner of Interstate 40 and State Route 87. Shuttle service will then be available from there to the park. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
[Source: Philip Wright, Verde Valley News] — The idea of turning the old Hotel Jerome into modern, affordable-housing apartments is still alive. That is primarily through the efforts of Town Manager Brenda Man-Fletcher and a small cadre of Jerome residents who believe in the project. Man-Fletcher held a public information meeting Wednesday night in Town Hall. Her presentation was both to let people know what has been done and what might lie ahead. It’s all conceptual at this point. And Man-Fletcher isn’t making any promises.
She’s just trying to help the town figure out if the idea is viable or not. “We have a beautiful building,” Man-Fletcher said. “Right now it houses two art galleries. We have two floors that are completely unfinished.” She said when anyone tours those upper floors, flashlights must be used because there isn’t any electrical service. The building is home to the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, founded more than a decade ago to showcase the work of area artists. One of the subbasements is used each summer for the Jerome Kids Art Workshop.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Philip Wright, Verde Valley News.]
The city of Prescott plans to build a huge 1.3 gallon water tower with a 85 foot cluster cell tower above “Indian Hill”. The city has already bulldozed the Indian ruins of to one side. To find out how you can help stop the further desecration of this site, contact Debra Kaukol, founder of the “Save Indian Hill” coalition, at email@example.com or 928-776-1956.
[Source: Joanna Dodder Nellans, Daily Courier] — A group of volunteers took their first step recently to ensure the safety of a piece of Prescott’s history. Fourteen years after its creation, the Yavapai Cemetery Association has raised enough money to start putting up sections of fence to protect the historic Citizens Cemetery along Sheldon Street better from vandalism. Records show 2,750 people were buried here between 1864 and 1939 when it filled up, and many more remain unlisted.
For the first 40 years, no map of the cemetery existed, association president Pat Atchison said. A call for information went out, but, by then, much of the personal information was lost to time. The map shows hundreds of graves as “unknown.” Until the Cemetery Association came along 14 years ago, the county-owned cemetery was in disrepair, Atchison said. When volunteers cleared out bushes and weeds, it became less vulnerable to vandalism. But by then, only 845 of the burials still had some sort of headstone. “It just seems a shame, because once that’s gone, it’s just one less thing about that person that’s still on the face of the earth,” Atchison said. “And it’s the history of Prescott.”
To contribute to the fence fund, donors may send checks to the Yavapai Cemetery Association, 201 S. Pleasant St., Prescott, AZ 86303. [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Jo. L. Keener, Daily Courier.]
[Source: Sedona.biz] — Sedona will join thousands of people around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of National Preservation Month in May 2008. “This Place Matters” is the theme of this year’s celebration, which is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since the National Trust created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual month-long celebration observed by small towns and big cities. The purpose is to celebrate the diverse and irreplaceable heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.
An event in honor of National Historic Preservation Month for Sedona is being planned by the Sedona Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). Friday, May 16th the Commission will co-host an open house at the historic Hart Store, now Hummingbird House on Brewer Road from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The open house will celebrate the Hart Store being added to the National Register of Historic Places. More details will be forthcoming about this free street party intended for the entire community. Pioneer descendants and Hart relatives are planning to attend.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo: Janeen Trevillyan (center holding paper), Historic Preservation Commission Chairperson, leads a recent tour in Uptown, Sedona.]
[Sedona.biz] — Visit 8 historic homes and buildings throughout Jerome on May 17-18 from 9am-3pm as part of the 43rd Annual Jerome Home Tour. This year promises to be an exciting and interesting tour with a new look at the Phelps Dodge Administrative Office which has been beautifully restored at one end of town, down to 2 modern day ‘Jerome Style’ dream homes that have been works in progress for many years and are now ready for a first viewing.
A classic Victorian house, a 1904 cottage and authentic Gypsy Caravan, the beautiful and haunting Holy Cross Catholic Church, The Ladies Jail, and a charming 1914 home on the main road into Jerome …this fills out a roster that gives a cross-section of Jerome then and now. End the tour with refreshments at Jerome’s famous ‘Spook Hall.’ The piece de resistance of the tour is The Pink Lady House (pictured). The Riordan House, now referred to as The Pink Lady House because of its lovely and authentic Victorian paint scheme, was built in 1898. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]